By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Ministry of the Interior yesterday approved draft amendments to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法) that seek to prevent disinformation and external forces from influencing elections. If passed by the legislature, the amendments would restrict media companies from disseminating election-related advertisements funded by groups or individuals from overseas, including China, Hong Kong and Macau. The ministry said it referenced the US’ Honest Ads Act when drafting the amendments. With the planned removal of Article 52 of the Civil Servants Recall and Election Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), the ministry hopes to address similar anachronisms in the two acts, the ministry said. The amendments would mandate that only political parties that have obtained 5 percent of the total votes in the most recent legislative elections to be allowed to nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates, it said.
While the retirees would be eligible for a disability compensation, the criteria are difficult to meet, she said. Their family is going to be taking care of them, not running tests to get a diagnosis needed for labor insurance forms,” she said. At that stage, patients could also be too weak to undergo the pulmonary function tests required to apply for disability compensation, she said. Tseng Yi-ling (曾伊齡) said that her father, a retired construction worker, died just two months after being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. She also urged the Ministry of Labor to relax criteria for disability compensation and enhance training for staff to ensure they understand laws regarding labor insurance compensation for retirees.
By Weng Yu-huang and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerA special exhibition on Southern Buddhism opened at the Museum of World Religions in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) to mark its 17th anniversary. When Buddhist Master Hsin Tao (心道) founded the museum, he was given nearly 100 Southern Buddhist artifacts by Buddhist Master Yuan Kuang (遠光), who had been living in the Philippines, museum curator Chen Guo-ning (陳國寧) said on Tuesday. As Buddhism spread from India, it developed distinct geographical branches, with Northern Buddhism prevalent in the Yellow and Yangtze rivers area of China, and Southern Buddhism in the tributaries of the Mekong, Chao Phraya and Salween rivers area of Indochina, exhibition planner Chung Wei-kai (鍾偉愷) said. Southern Buddhism preserved more of the original teachings and organizational structures from the time of Gautama Buddha — on whose teachings the religion was founded, Chung said. The exhibition highlights the history, culture and spiritual practices of Southern Buddhism to contextualize the artifacts on display, including statutes of Buddha and gods, as well as ritual vessels and holy books, he said.
BloombergChina might be girding itself to buy more US gas and soybeans amid easing trade tensions, but the sums just do not add up at the moment. North Asia’s gas buyers, which are well stocked for winter, are awaiting colder weather before increasing spot purchases, traders said over the past month. A glut of supply and lower crude oil prices, to which most liquid natural gas (LNG) shipments are priced, have pushed the benchmark Japan/Korea LNG Marker to the lowest since July, a sign of weakening demand. And even if China were to seek a short-term supply deal, it would be easier to turn to Australia or Malaysia. It would not make much economic sense for China to boost US soybean imports now.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterLawmakers yesterday asked the Tourism Bureau to stop funding the construction of artificial tourism facilities and focus on helping local governments attract visitors with unique cultural attractions and specialties. The nation has 80 villages decorated with colorful murals, 13 skywalks and four glass churches, Lin said. The bureau has rejected three applications to build scenic bridges, Technical Division Director Huang Shi-fang (黃勢芳) said, adding that it would no longer fund murals for villages and attractions. The funding would be used to market facilities that have already been built, he said. Travel agents offering such tours seek to make a profit by turning them into shopping tours, they said.
12, the Executive Yuan said yesterday. While all lawmakers agreed that legislation for same-sex marriage should be introduced by March 1, core issues facing the legislation remained unresolved. Participants unanimously agreed that the referendum outcome mandates the introduction of a special law, Kolas said. The “same-sex couples act” and the “same-sex marriage act” were among the names proposed for the act to best reflect the wording of the referendum, she said. Agencies would continue mediating between civic groups that are for and against same-sex marriage before the Executive Yuan submits a bill to the Legislative Yuan for review, she said.
By Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in HSINCHUTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker and sole chip supplier for Apple Inc’s iPhones, yesterday said that it is building a new 8-inch fab to meet robust demand for mature technologies, marking its first investment on a less advanced fab in 15 years. The new 8-inch fab, TSMC’s fifth, would be adjacent to an existing 8-inch fab, Fab 6, TSMC said. In October, TSMC said that factory utilization at its 8-inch fabs was good and customers were lining up for certain mature technologies. Demand for 8-inch wafers remained strong and no signs pointed at a slowdown, the chipmaker said that month. TSMC plans to spend US$10 billion to US$10.5 billion on new equipment this year, mostly to increase production of its most advanced 7-nanometer technology.
BloombergLion Mentari Airlines’ owner has threatened to cancel US$22 billion in aircraft orders from Boeing Co, saying the planemaker’s response to an accident report for a recent deadly crash unfairly implicated his carrier. Lion is the third-largest buyer of the updated 737, behind Southwest Airlines and Flydubai. “Lion Air is a valued customer and we are supporting them through this difficult time,” Boeing said in a statement. US pilot unions have criticized Boeing for not mentioning the MCAS flight-control software in flight-crew manuals or training for the Max. As a partner, they should have helped, not give a negative impression on us.”The airline’s potential cancellation of Boeing orders was reported earlier by Reuters.
It has become a booming business for clandestine chemical labs in China, where 1kg of fentanyl can produce 50kg of “high-grade” heroin, turning a less than US$10,000 investment into US$500,000, Vigil said. At first glance, China does not seem like an ideal base for manufacturing and shipping fentanyl to the US. However, chemical distributors in China have been able to dodge international and domestic law enforcement with fentanyl, which does have legal uses, such as treating extreme pain for cancer patients. In 2015, China had about 400,000 chemical manufacturers and distributors, a US Department of State report said that year. China also has an unknown number of underground chemical labs that produce synthetic drugs.
The Guardian, DUNEDIN, New ZealandMore than 150 global China experts have added their voices to demands that the New Zealand government protect Anne-Marie Brady, a China academic who says she has been the victim of a year-long harassment campaign. After the government failed to respond, academics, human rights advocates and journalists within New Zealand last week called on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to step in and provide security for Brady. Now 150 China experts from around the world have signed an open letter calling for action. About four months ago we asked for more protection from the New Zealand security intelligence service. “We are doing everything we can to improve security in our home, but New Zealand is a very open society.
BloombergOil closed out its worst month since the global financial crisis a decade ago as all eyes turned to this weekend’s G20 summit for signs that Saudi Arabia and Russia can head off a worldwide supply glut. Crude futures made up some ground on Friday after an OPEC advisory committee recommended a 1.3 million-barrel cut to the cartel’s daily output. “You’re going to have a ballet and concert of various statements that are either contradictory or reinforcing leading up to the OPEC meeting,” said Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas in London. The January contract for the global benchmark, which expired on Friday, traded at a US$7.78 premium to WTI for the same month. “Against this backdrop, the most likely outcome of next week’s OPEC meeting is a fudge.”
AFP, NEW YORKAs many as 500 million guests at Marriott International Inc hotels might have been affected by a hack that in many cases pilfered passport numbers, birthdates or other identifying data dating back to 2014, the company said on Friday. A subsequent probe on Nov. 19 said “that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014,” which compromised personal and financial information. “We deeply regret this incident happened,” Marriott chief executive officer Arne Sorenson said in a statement. Marriott said it would reach out to those affected and was offering support including free, one-year enrollment in WebWatcher, a service that monitors Internet sites where personal data is shared. “The company does not believe this incident will impact its long-term financial health,” Marriott said in a securities filing.
The officer leading the check applied for a warrant to enter the premises, saying that something “felt suspicious” and citing his two decades of experience as a police officer. When the officers, accompanied by officials from the Forestry Bureau’s Hualien branch, on Monday entered the premises, they found 79 Chinese box turtles, the corps said. The corps officers said no tools that could be used to capture turtles were found on the premises, nor were there any documents to counter Chiang’s claims. The officers said they doubted Chiang’s claims, as the population of turtles on site pointed to a professional breeding operation. The corps called on the public to contact it if they have any tips and to report any illegal breeding of Chinese box turtles to the Forestry Bureau’s Hualien branch office.
The English-language paper he submitted uses Taiwan as the nation’s name, but those references were changed to “Chinese Taipei,” while “Taiwan Strait” was changed to “Chinese Taipei Strait” on the institute’s Web site, Lin wrote on Facebook on Friday. He has written to the institute’s chairman of the board, Claude Mandil, to express his strong protest against its political interference in academic research, Lin said. I request that you replace ‘Chinese Taipei’ with ‘Taiwan,’ as I originally wrote,” Lin wrote in the letter. One of your former directors also visited Taiwan to exchange ideas on carbon storage,” Lin wrote. The nation should be referred to as “Taiwan,” “Taiwan, ROC” or “the Republic of China” in research funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, ministry guidelines say.