By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterNature documentary maker Liu Yan-ming (劉燕明) yesterday donated 730 rolls of his films to the Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau, while lamenting Taiwan’s lack of resources for ecological programming. His 2014 Hawk Eagle Heroes (熊鷹英雄) won the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Remi Award in the TV documentary category and was screened on the National Geographic channel the same year. During a contract-signing ceremony at the bureau in Taipei yesterday, Liu donated 730 rolls of film and 30 terabytes of digital recordings to the bureau, which is in charge of forest and wildlife conservation. It would take between 18 months and two years to digitize all of the film, Lin said, adding that Tainan National University of the Arts has been asked to assist. Despite the donation, Liu said he is not retiring, but discouraged younger generations from entering the profession, because “the nation has no market” for ecological films.
Staff writer, with CNA, ManilaAcer Inc (宏碁) founder Stan Shih (施振榮) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) president Jikyeong Kang (姜志卿) on Thursday jointly presided over the official opening of a corporate research laboratory at the institute in Makati, Philippines. The Analytics, Computing and Complex Systems Laboratory, also known as ACCeSs@AIM, aims to assist the country in the research and development of artificial intelligence. “This supercomputer will serve as a centerpiece for the artificial intelligence [AI] facility,” Shih said. Data science turns complex pieces of information into an organization’s competitive advantage, so “we need to cultivate this skill in future business leaders,” he added. AIM, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the few business schools in Asia to be internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the school’s Web site said.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan was one of the countries worst hit by ransomware attacks last year, falling victim to millions of attacks, according to Trend Micro Inc’s (趨勢科技) annual security roundup. Global software security company Trend Micro found in its 2017 Annual Security Roundup: The Paradox of Cyberthreats that companies worldwide lost up to US$5 billion due to massive ransomware outbreaks. Although there were fewer ransomware attacks last year, they had greater impact, the company said. The growing popularity and profitability of cryptocurrencies has led cybercriminals to target the field, Trend Micro said. Cybercriminals are developing new ways to make money from cyberattacks — methods that are targeted and specific so they can optimize the profitability of each attack, Trend Micro marketing manager Jon Clay said.
For information and communication technology applications, power electronics have become increasingly commoditized, leaving little room for margin growth as customers look for bargains and can easily switch to another supplier, Hai said. Price competition has cooled since the second half of last year, as the firm’s rivals began to suffer from component shortages, Hai said. Delta plans to diversify and tap the power needs of medical and industrial applications, unmanned retail stores, home appliances and power tools, he said. Contribution from power electronics fell to 53 percent last year, compared with 55 percent in 2016, company data showed. Delta also announced plans to expand its power electronics production capacity in Taoyuan and raise the output at its robotics and automation center in Taichung.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Tourism Bureau yesterday rebutted reports that China would eliminate package tours to Taiwan by not issuing licenses for tour leaders to Taiwan. This number has dropped to about 6,500 per day — with 1,900 to 2,100 joining package tours and about 4,000 traveling independently, Ko was quoted as saying. Tien said that the Chinese government has stopped renewing licenses this year and said there would be no more package tours to Taiwan after a year, it reported. The decision to combine the two licenses was not aimed at Taiwan, as it applies to all package tours in general, he said. As for reports that the Chinese government has refused to renew licenses for tour leaders to Taiwan, Liu said that Chinese regulations stipulate that tour leaders must have special tour leader licenses to conduct tours to Taiwan.
The second wave of recruitment is to begin on April 2 and last until April 30, it said. In response to a shortage of First Lieutenants and Second Lieutenants in the army, the ministry is stepping up recruitment through a program to fast-track non-commission officers (NCOs) to first and second lieutenants and a one-year program to train commissioned officers. Relaxing the age restriction would encourage people to join the military, the ministry said. The maximum age at which one can join the Air Force as a pilot would not be relaxed and remain 24-years-old, the ministry said. The Act Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs (香港澳門關係條例) stipulates that former Hong Kong and Macao residents cannot enlist under the ROTC program unless they have held Taiwanese residency for at least 10 years.
Staff writer, with CNASixty-two percent of Taiwanese employees have taken training courses to become more competitive in the job market, according to a survey released yesterday by online 1111 Job Bank. There seems to be more aggressive training in the financial sector than in the services industry, the job bank said, citing the results of the poll. Those employers who tend not to encourage training said their main reason was that it would affect their employees’ work progress, the poll showed. The 1111 Job Bank survey, conducted from Feb. 21 to March 8, collected 1,070 valid samples. The CPA survey was conducted from Dec. 14, last year to Jan. 1.
The intelligence that the ministry has gathered indicates that negotiations over the appointment of the bishops would not affect diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Vatican, Wu said. Saying that President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration is “at its wits’ end” over China’s courting of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Lu asked Lai whether he could guarantee that Taiwan would not lose the Vatican as an ally. “I believe that if China poaches our diplomatic allies, it will be the party that should be denounced,” Lai said. There is “some distance” between Beijing and the Holy See signing an accord and the establishment of diplomatic ties, Lai said, adding that the government can only guarantee to do its utmost to consolidate ties with all 20 of its diplomatic allies. These policies would definitely have an impact on Taiwan’s business sector, Lai said.
The 23-time major winner beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round Thursday night. With new husband and Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game. Williams served a love game capped by a 161kph ace in her first service game. She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, six months ago. Azarenka, who gave birth to her son, Leo, in December 2016, has been in a custody fight that limited her travel.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taichung branch of the Taiwan High Court on Thursday reversed an earlier ruling and sentenced a man to two months behind bars for selling cartoons depicting underage boys and girls in sexually explicit ways. The man, surnamed Wu (吳), was found guilty of breaching the Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Act (兒童及少年性剝削防制條例). A police officer specializing in online criminal investigations pretended to be a buyer and purchased all nine items from Wu. However, after prosecutors filed an appeal, the High Court on Thursday convicted Wu, finding him guilty of selling obscene materials and owning sexually explicit content depicting underage characters. The court cited Article 36 of the act, which prohibits the production of pictures and videotapes depicting sexually explicit acts by people younger than 18.
Hai Long is a venture that was formed by Canada-based Northern Power Development Inc and Singapore-based Yushan Energy Pte Ltd in 2015. The team running an offshore wind farm off Changhua County yesterday signed a letter of intent to cooperate with CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering Co Ltd (台船環海風電工程). It formed the CSBC-DEME joint venture with CSBC on Dec. 20 last year to pursue wind farm development contracts, and introduce marine technology and management expertise to Taiwan. The partnership is also to focus on developing a full range of wind power capabilities, from design and manufacturing to construction and commercial operations, so that they can make inroads in the global offshore wind power market. Hai Long is seeking to install offshore wind turbines with a generating capacity of 1,208 megawatts at two sites off the shore of Changhua County.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterThe Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) yesterday downplayed the ramifications of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s (鴻海精密) decision to list a subsidiary on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and its speedy approval by Chinese regulators. The China Securities Regulatory Commission on Sunday announced that it would begin reviewing the listing application of the subsidiary, Foxconn Industrial Internet Co (FII, 富士康工業互聯網). However, the Chinese commission yesterday approved the application — less than 60 days after Hon Hai Precision’s shareholders in January gave the green light to the listing plan. Under tight capital controls imposed by Beijing, Taiwanese subsidiaries based in China can reduce the strain on their parent companies by seeking funding from the Chinese capital market, the FSC said. While the Chinese market is significantly larger and has more attractive price-to-earnings valuation, Taiwan’s market offers more transparency and lenient capital controls, it said.
AFP, SAN FRANCISCOAmazon.com Inc on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting. Users of “smart” speakers with Alexa assistant software have expressed their fears on Twitter, posting video of speakers infused with the software laughing menacingly for no apparent reason. Darker posts wondered playfully whether fears about artificial intelligence turning on humans were coming real. Amazon said it looked into what was going on and found that sometimes Alexa mistakenly registers the phrase “Alexa laugh” and obeys. “Just brainstorming some blackmirror titles while Alexa laughs maniacally in the distance,” a Netflix tweet said, alongside a picture of a book shop overlaid with The Bookstore That Enslaved Humanity.
BloombergTravis Kalanick, the former chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc, said he is forming an investment fund to back technology start-ups. The fund, called 10100, is to focus on real estate and e-commerce start-ups, as well as technology businesses in China and India. Separately, Uber is seeking US$1.25 billion in its second foray in the US leveraged loan market, people with knowledge of the matter said. Uber last tapped the loan market in 2016 for a US$1.15 billion loan, a deal arranged by Morgan Stanley. Uber’s adjusted pro-forma EBITDA for the fourth quarter last year was negative US$475 million, according to documents seen by Bloomberg.
“We are adjusting our pricing strategy and product portfolio to secure the title of ‘top three’ smartphone vendor in the home market again,” HTC general manager and senior marketing officer Darren Chen (陳柏諭) told a news conference. HTC ranked fourth in terms of total smartphone shipments and revenue in Taiwan last year, but the gap between HTC and third-placed Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) is narrowing, Chen said. HTC’s market share was 9.09 percent, the data showed. HTC does not plan to price handsets at more than NT$20,000 (US$683.50), as Apple and Samsung have secured the high-end market, Chen said. HTC launched its “HTC Vive classroom” in China, which offers a distance education platform, to a positive reception, Chen said.
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