Speaking from the Dos Bocas port in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador blasted the neglect that has fallen on Mexico’s oil infrastructure and the idea that Mexico is better off buying fuel from abroad. Pemex is producing less than 1.8 billion barrels a day of crude, putting Mexico on track for its 14th consecutive year of declines in oil output. Former Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas nationalized the industry in 1938, kicking out 17 foreign oil companies that Mexicans believed to be looting the country’s wealth. However, Mexico’s constitution was amended in 2013 to allow greater private investment in oil and gas. The refinery overhaul should enable Pemex to meet 70 percent of Mexico’s gasoline needs, she said.
The nation’s 130-year-old gold industry — which has produced half the bullion ever mined on Earth — is locked in the final stages of a decades-long death spiral. Most of South Africa’s gold mines are unprofitable at current prices. South Africa’s gold industry employs just more than 100,000 people, less than a fifth of the number that used to power the apartheid economy. If that can be done, he is optimistic that South Africa’s gold mines can survive a little longer. South Africa’s gold output plunged 19 percent in September, the biggest decline in almost four years.
The EU Court of Justice said in an emergency judgement that London could revoke its Article 50 formal divorce notice with no penalty. May’s government said the ruling means nothing, because it has no intention of reversing its decision to leave the EU on March 29. It also defied the EU’s own executive, which had argued that permission was needed from other EU states to stop Brexit. “The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU,” the Court of Justice said. “It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit,” she told the Mail on Sunday.
However, six days after the Formosa Republic declared independence, Japanese troops under general Kawamura Kageaki landed near Keelung and started to move South. The Qing soldiers and the local militia were no match for the well-armed and trained Japanese, and on June 7, the Japanese army entered Taipei. It wasn’t until the fourth governor general, army general Kodama Gentaro (1898 to 1906) that Japanese rule stabilized. He started major infrastructure projects, building 10,000km of roads and railroads from Keelung in the north to Kaohsiung in the south. The governor-general was ably assisted by a civilian administrator, Goto Shinpei, who laid the groundwork for Taiwan’s modern infrastructure development.
The Taipei Department of Information Technology said it collaborated with the Department of Environmental Protection, Haoyang Environment Technology Ltd (晧揚環境科技) and Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) to set up the first iTrash station in August in a parking lot on Linyi Street. The iTrash station is more convenient for people whose schedules do not coincide with trash collection times. Using the station, residents can earn reward points on their EasyCards. During the three-month trial, the Linyi Street iTrash station was used more than 800 times, collecting more than 2 tonnes of trash, 20,000 PET bottles and 8,000 aluminum cans. The statistics highlight the good results, but so does the approval of nearby residents, borough wardens and city councilors, Taipei Department of Information Technology Commissioner Lee Wei-bin (李維斌) said.
Staff writer, with CNATaking President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as an example, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen yesterday lauded Taiwan as a leader on women’s empowerment in politics. Taiwanese voters chose women to head seven of its 22 counties and municipalities, and elected women to fill 33.8 percent of the city and county council seats in the Nov. 24 nine-in-one elections, he added. Such female empowerment has a long tradition, he said, adding that nearly 20 years ago, Taiwan elected a woman to the vice presidency, referring to Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) in the first Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration from 2000 to 2008. That is why 30 participants from 14 countries are to share their experiences with female leaders in Taiwan during the three-day workshop under the US-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), he said. The workshop includes presentations, “wide-ranging discussions” and essential measures to be taken to increase the participation and representation of women in private and public organizations.
By Hsieh Chun-lin and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday disrupted a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee to review the Transitional Justice Commission’s annual plan and budget. At about 9am, KMT lawmakers prevented Transitional Justice Commission Acting Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠), whose appointment by the Executive Yuan they were protesting, from delivering a report to the committee. According to the regulations and convention, when the commission chair is vacant, the Executive Yuan has the right to appoint an acting chair, Chou said. As cochair, she would continue to communicate with committee members on moving forward with a budget review, she said. Article 8, Item 1 of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例) says that the Legislative Yuan must approve the premier’s nomination of the commission’s nine members, the KMT said.
BloombergThe global medical community is distancing itself further from the researcher whose controversial gene-editing work has been condemned by scientists and the Chinese government. A Chinese branch of the WHO has withdrawn an application to register He Jiankui’s (賀建奎) project in its clinical database. The application to enter the database of the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry was rejected because “the original applicants cannot provide the individual participants’ data for reviewing,” the registry’s Web site said. The application was uploaded to the Web site on Nov. 8 and updated on Nov. 30, the registry said. If the application is successful, project information is sent to the clinical trial platform of the WHO and that data is then searchable on its global Web site.
“They just made one more play than we did,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. Then came one final pass to punctuate the play — Drake reared back for a celebratory heave into the stands as the Dolphins’ bench emptied and teammates swarmed him. “Football is a crazy game,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. The Dolphins call the play “Boise” because it was borrowed from the Boise State playbook and they had been working on it all year. Belichick opted for Gostkowski to kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than pin the Dolphins near their goal-line.
In her speech, Tsai praised GNI for its efforts to engage different social groups in dialogue to deepen democracy. It will be the bar we set for ourselves,” said Wahid, the daughter of late Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur. Gus Dur served as the nation’s first freely elected president from 1999 to 2001. Established in 2010, GNI was named after Gus Dur to “encourage interaction and consolidation” among those who share his beliefs and vision, said the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), which founded the award. Discussing challenges, Wahid said that religious populism, “hate spin” and extremism have become prevalent in Indonesia, as in other countries.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterThe nation’s manufacturing sector is likely to post its ninth consecutive quarter of revenue increases at the end of this year, despite waning growth momentum, findings released yesterday by the Ministry of Economic Affair’s Department of Statistics showed. In the third quarter, manufacturing sector revenue increased 7.5 percent annually to NT$7.26 trillion (US$235.13 billion), with the petrochemical and metal industries seeing double-digit percentage growth year-on-year as companies raised prices to reflect higher material costs, the department said. The technology sector, the manufacturing sector’s biggest revenue contributor, has begun to see slower growth due to factors such as the ongoing US-China trade war, increased saturation in the global smartphone and mobile device markets, and volatility in raw material prices, it said. Despite the headwinds, revenue growth in the technology sector this quarter has been supported by new product launches and the peak shopping season, the department added. In the first 11 months of this year, total machinery exports rose 10.6 percent annually to US$3.33 billion, the association’s data showed.
1 choice for Christmas holiday trips among Japanese, according to Hankyu Travel International’s Web site. The company, one of the top three Japanese international travel agencies, on Tuesday last week published a poll on Christmas travel choices. Hankyu has received bookings from more than 10,000 Japanese who intend to visit Taiwan this month, Cheng said, adding that 1,100 are scheduled to visit Banciao to see Christmas Land. The Christmas Land package that Hankyu is offering was a referral from Taiwanese agencies, she said. Christmas Land was cited in the September edition of the Chikyu-no-Arukikata (Globe-Trotter Traveler’s guidebook), along with other sites, Chen said.
A scathing review into the scandal criticized Australia’s cricketers for “playing the mongrel” against opponents and in response the team produced a players’ pact vowing to tone down their infamous abrasive attitude. India eventually won by 31 runs on the fifth day to take momentum into the next Test in Perth starting on Friday. I don’t know about the Indians, we didn’t pay attention to them and we won’t be for the whole series,” Paine said. “We can only concentrate on the brand and the style of cricket that we want to play. That’s what we’re building to, that’s the style of cricket we want to play.”
Reuters, HUESCA, SpainGareth Bale on Sunday ended a three-month goal drought in La Liga to give Real Madrid a nervy 1-0 win away to basement club Sociedad Deportiva Huesca, taking his side back into the top four at the expense of Deportivo Alaves. It was a marked improvement from Real’s dire form earlier in the campaign, which saw the club dispense with coach Julen Lopetegui, but Real are still struggling to dominate games. “In the first half we played well, we controlled the game and we did things the right way,” Courtois said. “Bale scored a great goal which earned us the three points, as did the team’s character. If we want to compete for La Liga we have to win these type of matches, too.”
Reuters, MADRIDRiver Plate on Sunday battled back to beat archrivals Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time in an unforgettable and unique Copa Libertadores final second leg, played in Madrid after violence had seen the original match postponed. However, River, who also came back twice in the 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca’s Bombonera in Buenos Aires, leveled in the 68th minute through striker Lucas Pratto after a superb team move. It was a lovely goal and you have to celebrate it.”“We were the only team out there that tried to win,” Martinez added. “We want to enjoy this because I don’t think we’ll win another Cup against Boca like this,” Pratto said. It meant that instead of a home game with the exclusive presence of River supporters, Real Madrid’s Bernabeu was equally divided between fans of both sides, a highly unusual situation in the Copa Libertadores.