By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday confirmed that its National Policy Foundation think tank was sealed up more than two months ago as part of the government’s effort to recover NT$864.88 million (US$28.44 million) in compensation for the party selling properties appropriated from the Japanese colonial government. “It is true that our think tank was sealed up by the Administrative Enforcement Agency [AEA] in late September, but legally speaking, such an action does not affect its normal operation,” KMT Culture and Communications Committee deputy director-general Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷) said. The think tank primarily conducts surveys on government policies, although it occasionally acts as an advocate for the KMT. The AEA has sealed up 16 KMT properties, including a party chapter in Taipei’s Songshan District (松山) and several staff dormitory units in the city, Hung said. “The party has filed an administrative lawsuit and sought other legal actions to protect its rights,” Hung said.
What the public is rightly alarmed about is the bizarre legal loophole that allows ROC citizens to become CCP members while enjoying the full benefits of their citizenship, including running for public office. The act stipulates that the penalty for ROC citizens taking up CCP membership is at most a fine of NT$500,000. For example, the CCP could cultivate Taiwanese party members en masse and insert them into the nation’s educational system or other strata it wishes to influence. Such actions would effectively weaken the nation’s recognition of the Chinese threat and allow the CCP freedom of action in Taiwan to a large degree. For example, the CCP compromised the highest echelons of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) during their historical feud.
AFP, ADELAIDE, AustraliaSkipper Joe Root yesterday led a spirited England fightback to frustrate Australia and raise hopes of a miracle victory in the gripping second Ashes Test in Adelaide, Australia. After three days of dominance by Australia, Root took up the challenge of a record run chase with a fighting unbeaten half-century as the momentum began to shift toward England, roared on by their bellowing Barmy Army supporters. The highest winning fourth innings at the Adelaide Oval is 315-6 by Australia against England in 1902. “It would also have a potential effect on them, for a team to be in such a commanding position to then lose that. Adding to Smith’s anxiety, he also dropped Malan on 8 in a sharp one-handed attempted catch at slip off Lyon.
AP, CHICAGOLeBron James could sense the Cleveland Cavaliers were starting to click the last time they lost, but a streak like this? Dwyane Wade and Kevin Love on Monday each scored 24 points and James had 23 as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 113-91 for their 12th straight win. Backed by a trio of stars, the Cavaliers matched their longest winning streak since the 2014-2015 season. The streak started with wins at Dallas, New York and Charlotte. Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday scored 14 apiece as the Bulls fell to 3-19 with their ninth straight loss.
Healthcare costs rose 1.52 percent, while living costs advanced 1.33 percent, it said. The state-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) increased prices of natural gas and liquefied natural gas by 19.5 percent this year. The core CPI — a more reliable long-term indicator of consumer prices because it excludes volatile items — increased by 1.3 percent, it said. In the first 11 months of this year, consumer prices gained 0.57 percent. Import prices rose 5.44 percent in US dollar terms, while export prices increased 4.64 percent, it said, as costs for basic metal, mineral and chemical products continued to go up.
AFP, NEW DELHISri Lanka yesterday were reeling on 31-3 while chasing a daunting 410-run victory target in a pollution-tainted third Test in New Delhi blighted by scenes of bowlers vomiting on the ground. Fast bowler Mohammad Shami dismissed opener Sadeera Samarawickrama off a roaring bouncer, but stopped in mid-over to vomit, crouching down and then gulping water. In the morning session it was Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal who threw up twice. A doctor at the stadium examined three Sri Lanka players and said their vital signs were normal. Apart from Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Dhananjaya de Silva took a wicket each.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterApart from collecting tolls from motorists, the electronic toll collection (ETC) system now has another function: assisting police in catching speeding drivers. The bureau then conducted a cross-analysis of a list of 31 top speeding drivers identified by the ETC system and those caught by the National Highway Police Bureau in September and October. The freeway bureau does not have authority to punish these speeding drivers, Wu said, adding that only highway police have the authority to crack down on speeding drivers. 3), as well as the overpass connecting Wugu (五股) and Yangmei (楊梅) along the Sun Yat-sen Freeway (Freeway No. Speeding drivers found to be at fault in a collision will have their licenses revoked, it said.
By Tao Chieh-hsiu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerA special exhibit on Matsu processions opened on Monday at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to introduce visitors to Taiwanese culture and religious practices. The exhibit is titled “Hello Miss Lin,” a reference to the surname attributed to the sea goddess, arguably the nation’s most popular Taoist deity. The exhibition also features an automated dispenser of oracle slips typically found in the nation’s Taoist temples, as well as free and customized stickers. The Taoyuan airport is an excellent platform for introducing Taiwan’s unique art and culture to the world, said Ku Suching (古素琴), chairwoman of Tasa Meng Duty Free Store, a co-organizer of the exhibition. The exhibit at Terminal 2, D Section, of the airport is open until Feb. 28.
Staff writer, with CNA, KaohsiungA shipping container of smuggled cigarettes estimated to have a market value of about NT$25 million (US$833,528) was yesterday seized at the Port of Kaohsiung, customs officers said. The 40-foot shipping container was found to contain about 500,000 packs of cigarettes — including popular brands “Maple” and “King” — and were worth an estimated NT$25 million. Several shipments of smuggled cigarettes have been seized at the port since October. On Oct. 12, customs officers seized 11,300 boxes of smuggled cigarettes worth about NT$250 million, and on the following day intercepted a shipment of 900 boxes valued at NT$20 million, customs officers said. On Oct. 17, a shipment of smuggled cigarettes valued at about NT$20 million was uncovered, they said.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例), which aims to remove authoritarian-era symbols and retry cases of injustice from that era, was passed by the Legislative Yuan yesterday evening. A nine-member Transitional Justice Promotion Committee is to be created, to be overseen by the Executive Yuan, with its chairman nominated by the premier and approved by at least half of the members of the Legislative Yuan. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has undermined the nation’s political system by creating an agency with administrative, judicial and investigative powers. The passage of the act heralds the dawning of a new authoritarian era, KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) said. “When the KMT regains political power, we will also propose a transitional justice bill targeting [President] Tsai’s [Ing-wen, 蔡英文] authoritarian rule,” he said.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterThe Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) yesterday meted out penalties to CTBC Financial Holding Co (中信金控) for providing total bail money of NT$100 million (US$3.33 million) to a number of employees, but mostly to a major shareholder, who were charged with embezzlement in June last year. More than NT$90 million of the bail money was earmarked for Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒), a major shareholder and scion of the company’s founders. This was not the first time that CTBC Financial had provided bail money for the major shareholder, Wellington Koo said, adding that he hopes that the company will not repeat the infraction. The commission said that the incident reflects shortcomings in the company’s compliance protocols and that as CTBC Financial had numerous run-ins with the law in the past, it should be no stranger to the pitfalls of providing bail money to its employees. Furthermore, the company’s president was found to have provided inadequate information to the board of directors and had misled them into giving their approval to furnish the bail money, the commission said.
By Lauly Li / Staff reporterIntel Corp, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) and Asia Pacific Telecom Co (APT, 亞太電信) yesterday jointly unveiled a multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform and facial recognition technology, the result their collaborative efforts in 5G technology solutions. Hon Hai participated in the platform’s development with Intel and is in charge of sensor manufacturing for facial recognition technology, while APT provides network connectivity, the companies said. Facial recognition is one of the applications that can be used on the platform, Lu said, adding that Hon Hai has been using facial recognition with door access control at two of its plants in New Taipei City for one-and-a-half years. Instead of clocking in and out, more than 200,000 employees at the two plants use facial recognition to report for work and enter the plants, he said. Facial recognition on the platform can also be used in department stores, Lu said.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on Monday said that next year passengers would be given a full refund if the train they are traveling on is more than 30 minutes behind schedule. The TRA has decided to unilaterally revise its agreement with passengers on Jan. 1, the railway operator said. “A train delayed more than 30 minutes is a serious inconvenience to passengers, so they will receive a full refund if they choose to take another mode of transport,” TRA section head Wang Wen-chien (王文謙) said. The refund would also apply when a train service has been suspended, Wang said. Currently, passengers who ask for a refund on the day of travel are charged a processing fee that is up to 20 percent of the cost of the ticket, the TRA said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterPolice on Monday arrested two men in Taoyuan on Monday on charges of firearms possession and suspicion of involvement in gang-related activity. They said they found a cache of firearms and bullets when they arrested a 28-year-old man surnamed Chen (陳) and a 25-year-old man surnamed Huang (黃). The two men are friends and are suspected of being involved in organized crime, police said, adding that Chen is allegedly a member of the Bamboo Union gang (竹聯幫), while Huang is allegedly a member of the Celestial Way gang (天道盟). A search of Huang’s car revealed several backpacks containing seven pistols, 13 unfinished handguns and a cache of bullets, police said. In other developments yesterday, Yilan County prosecutors announced the successful apprehension of a local gang led by a man surnamed Lin (林) and the arrest of 21 other suspects.
The North’s missile test on Tuesday last week showed that China “has not delivered on North Korea” as Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has promised, Institute for Korean-American Studies fellow Joseph Bosco said in an article titled “There have to be consequences for China” published on Wednesday on the Web site RealClearWorld. Instead, China “continues to deliver for North Korea,” undermining the UN Security Council sanctions for which it voted, he said. China has parlayed its leverage over North Korea into leverage over the West, which has granted China immunity regarding its violations of international law on trade, currency, intellectual property, human rights, Taiwan, and maritime and aviation security, Bosco said. In taking the call, Trump told China that “he does not regard as sacrosanct the ‘one China’ policy,” let alone care for Beijing’s distorted “one China” principle, he said. There are myriad ways the Trump administration can deepen its relationship with Taiwan on diplomatic, economic and military fronts, he said.
December 04, 2017 16:03 UTC