AFP, APIA, SamoaA two-try effort from Steffan Evans yesterday gave Wales a narrow 19-17 win over Samoa in Apia on a quagmire pitch. Wales hit trouble early, when Samoa spread the ball wide after a scrum, then sent a long-distance pass to an unmarked Alapati Leiua to score on the other wing. Samoa gave Wales no space and forced four turnovers in the first 10 minutes with ferocious tackling before the tourists steadied. Samoa hit back when Kahn Fotuali’i caught the Wales defense napping, setting up a converted try for Manu Leiataua. It gave Wales a two-point lead with five minutes on the clock and Samoa threw everything into attack, but could not find a way through the desperate defense.
By Ian Bartholomew / Contributing ReporterThe summer heat brings out a huge crop of breadfruit on the two old trees outside our home in Hualien. Sadly, for the most part, the fruit falls from the trees and gets mashed back into the earth, unharvested and unloved. COLONIAL PASTThe breadfruit is native to the Pacific Islands, where it remains a popular and important staple. Quite apart from those areas in which breadfruit has established itself, it also won praised from its early European discoverers. The use of disposable gloves is highly recommended, and there are various methods of preventing the knife from becoming inconveniently sticky.
The admission, contained in a court filing made on Thursday, is the latest twist in a legal fight between the ride-hailing company and a Google spin-off, Waymo. Waymo alleges that Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the crux of the case, stole its trade secrets before departing in January last year to found a robotic vehicle start-up that Uber acquired seven months later. The disclosure, made in March last year, lends credence to Waymo’s allegation that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents onto a computer before leaving Google. Uber said that Kalanick told Levandowski not to bring any of the Google information with him to Uber. The filing asserts that Levandowski destroyed the disks containing Google’s material not long after Kalanick told him that Uber did not want it.
By Peng Wan-hsin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerNearly 20 years after Hong Kong’s handover to China, very few Hong Kongers identify with China, Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Tien-chin (張天欽) said in Taipei yesterday. Chang attributed the lack of identification with China due to Beijing’s suppression of the universal values shared by Taiwan and Hong Kong, namely democracy, liberal thought, human rights and the rule of law. China should reflect on how it has failed to increase the identification with China of Hong Kongers in the 20 years since the territory was returned, Chang said. Chang also called on China to honor its promise made to Hong Kong during the handover in 1997 that the territory would retain a high degree of autonomy. By listening and responding to Hong Kong’s call for a democratic system, China would live up to its promise to both Hong Kong and the international community, and only in this way can Hong Kong maintain stable development, Chang said.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporter, with CNAA straw vote held by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus yesterday showed that the majority of DPP lawmakers favor the caucus’ version of a draft bill that seeks to lower civil servants’ average income replacement rate from 75 percent to 60 percent over the course of 10 years. The poll was held concurrently with a second reading of pension reform draft bills, during which the civil servants income replacement rate became a source of contention among legislative caucuses and within the DPP caucus. A draft bill tabled by the DPP to cut the average income replacement rate from 75 percent to 60 percent in 10 years secured the majority vote, DPP Legislator Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄) said. The DPP caucus’ version is the “middle ground,” DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) said. “The committee spent a great deal of time and energy on the draft bill, so she hopes that we would not sway too far from the draft.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterLawmakers yesterday passed draft articles that would see the controversial 18 percent preferential interest rate for retired civil servants’ savings accounts conditionally phased out. The draft seeks to reduce the 18 percent preferential interest rate to zero two years after the pension reform bill’s promulgation. Starting from the third year, the interest rate would be reduced to zero, it states. Legislators from the pan-blue camp yesterday tried to block the draft’s passage, saying that slashing the interest rate would affect former civil servants’ livelihoods. For example, under existing rules, a former public servant of the 12th pay grade who qualifies for the 18 percent interest rate is paid a pension of NT$48,698 and an interest payment of NT$22,788 each month, he said.
The Regulations on Sales of Ministry of National Defense Produced Industry or Technology (國防部科技工業機構產品銷售辦法) lists such items as Category 3 products. While the defense ministry could authorize the sale of such materials, details would have to be discussed with the economics ministry, a source said. Many visitors were interested in the institute’s self-developed Multi-Functional Laser Sight System, an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) defense system, and an electro-optical system, the sources said. As the institute’s products are not limited to military use, it allows for civilian applications, the sources said. The institute is to showcase its products at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in August, with a focus on UAVs.
A concerted effort would be made to expand transportation platforms in pursuit of that goal, Yang said at the annual Taiwan-South Korea Tourism Exchange Meeting in Incheon-Songdo, South Korea. Yang said he is hopeful that a big boost in tourism with Taiwan could be achieved and vowed to expand transportation platforms. As of the end of April, the number of Taiwanese visitors to South Korea had reached 287,926, while 378,075 South Korean travelers had come to Taiwan, according to Tourism Bureau data. The bureau would continue to promote Taiwanese culture, gourmet food and attractions, while initiating cooperative links with South Korean businesses in a bid to attract more South Korean visitors, Liu added. The Asian Cruise Fund is a project organized by the bureau and the Hong Kong Tourism Board to boost regional cooperation in cruise travel.
Staff writer, with CNA, PARISTaiwan is showcasing its domestically developed defense, aerospace and smart machinery technologies and products, and exploring opportunities for cooperation at the Paris Air Show at the Paris-Le Bourget Airport this week. A number of Taiwanese organizations and companies are showcasing their technologies and products at the show, including the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST), Aerospace Industrial Development Corp and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, while several machine-tool companies are displaying their products in a Taiwanese pavilion. Taiwanese machine tool products are popular worldwide because of their quality, particularly smart aerospace machinery. Through the pavilion, Taiwan hopes to show the world its competitiveness in developing smart machinery and to promote its contributions to the aerospace industry, Kuo said. In view of the increasing demand for defense systems against potential terrorist attacks, CIST is showcasing an unmanned aerial vehicle defense and deterrent system that can be used for airport and border security.
By Liu Wan-chun and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer“Tainan is a place suited for work, for dreaming, for falling in love, for marrying and for enjoying life,” writer and historian Yeh Shih-tao (葉石濤) once said. To commemorate the Tainan-born writer, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs has been developing parts of Jianguo Borough (建國里) in Jhongsi District (中西區), modeling them after locations mentioned in Yeh’s literary works. The museum hosts a monthly literary walking tour, which is open to 20 participants, the department said. Yeh resided in what is popularly known as “Snail Alley,” presumably for its slow pace of life, the department said. The Yeh Shih-tao project in Jianguo Borough is part of a wider “historical streets” restoration program.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) has this year imposed nearly NT$100 million (US$3.29 million) in fines on financial firms for irregularities in their operations. The commission quoted Lee as saying that the commission’s supervisory principles aim to catch any serious irregularities that could undermine corporate ethics. Since Lee took over the agency in October last year, the commission has issued four fines of NT$10 million or more each, which shows its determination to maintain order in the market, it said. Of those four fines, three were issued in the first half of this year, the commission said. The third was a NT$10 million fine against EnTie Commercial Bank (安泰銀行) for malpractice related to trades of target redemption forwards (TRFs), it added.
On completion, UOL’s stake in United Industrial would increase from 44.71 percent to 48.94 percent, it said. United Industrial added 1.2 percent, while Haw Par fell 0.4 percent. Investor and hotel operator UOL owns the Pan Pacific and Parkroyal brands, while United Industrial has built high-end office and residential buildings in Singapore. United Industrial has been controlled by Wee and Philippine billionaire John Gokongwei, who is 90. With a net worth of about US$7.3 billion, Wee is Singapore’s second-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterTo promote the flushing of toilet paper, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) yesterday demonstrated how to do so in the public toilets of Taipei’s Ximen MRT Station. The EPA in March announced that used toilet paper should be flushed instead of being disposed of in waste bins. Lee yesterday said that most public toilets can flush away toilet paper, and those that cannot would be improved soon. People should change their ideas and keep up with international trends, he said, adding that “toilet paper has no problems. Toilet paper that is not disposable, like facial tissue paper, may not be sold within a 10m-radius of public lavatories, he added.
Value-added services accounted for 6 percent of Far EasTone’s overall revenue in the first half as it has accumulated 9.4 million customers for the services, the nation’s No. “We hope to increase that to 20 percent in 2020,” Far EasTone president Yvonne Li (李彬) told reporters on the sidelines of its annual general meeting yesterday. By that time, the number of subscribers to value-added services is expected to reach 20 million, Li said. Far EasTone has more than 700,000 mobile wallet users. Far EasTone said about 25 percent of its 4G users’ mobile phones support 3Ca technology, while few devices on the market support 4Ca technology.
By Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with ReutersTaiwan’s Chan Hao-ching yesterday joined elder sister Chan Yung-jan in the semi-finals of a WTA Tour doubles tournament at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. “Got my suitcase last night at 11pm and we got our spot in semis just now, things are getting better,” Chan Yung-jan wrote on Facebook after waiting four days for her luggage to arrive on the Spanish island. The Belarussian, who saved match points in her first-round win over Japan’s Risa Ozaki, went down 6-1, 6-3 to the seventh seed on the grass courts at Santa Ponsa. Konjuh, 19, dominated from the start and Azarenka had no answer to the depth and power of her opponent. Italy’s Roberta Vinci also reached the last eight with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens.