By Wu Po-hsuan and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerAn artist known by the pseudonym A-man (阿慢), 33, has been creating serialized cartoon strips that are a blend of humor and horror. Last month, A-man published his fourth comic book. He said his love of the manga horror genre begin at a young age when he read The Hanging Balloons by Japanese artist Junji Ito. “When I want to create a bit of social commentary, I turn it into a Web comic. Modern people and kids do not like being lectured, so I try to influence them through comics,” A-man said.
“The robust monthly expansion was supported by consumer electronics products,” Hon Hai investor relations official said by telephone. “The company’s performance last month was mainly boosted by the communications segment and consumer electronics goods,” a Pegatron investor relations official said by telephone. Wistron’s sales jumped by 27.82 percent year-on-year to NT$79.9 billion last month, setting a new record for the company’s monthly sales results. Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the main assembler of Apple’s MacBooks and the Apple Watch, posted third quarter sales of NT$276.17 billion. “Better-than-expected notebook shipments and strong orders for servers were the growth engines last quarter,” a Quanta investor relations official said by telephone.
By Lo Tien-pin and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerFollowing the discovery of overpayments to the US government for arms purchases, the US has agreed to adjust withdrawals and return the funds through interest payments, the National Audit Office said in a report. The adjustment to withdrawals from the Taiwanese military’s account in the US Federal Reserve used for arms purchases will result in US$656,502 in annual interest income, the report said. The adjustment was made after auditors found that withdrawals from the account between 2010 and 2015 exceeded the amounts of initial purchase agreements. The office informed the Ministry of National Defense, which contacted US authorities, the report said. The audit discovered that from 2010 to 2015 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the agency that facilitates foreign arms purchases in the US, had been using roughly 60-day calculations for the monthly withdrawals.
Keenum on Monday led three second-half scoring drives after Sam Bradford’s troublesome left knee flared up again as the Minnesota Vikings beat Trubisky and the Chicago Bears 20-17. “That’s something I’ve tried not to think about. I did the same thing I’ve done every week I’ve been in the NFL. The interception came after the Bears (1-4) took over on their 10 with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game. The Vikings got the ball at the 28 and Forbath booted the winner with 16 seconds left.
That promise has come true, with an exhibition featuring the artworks of Chen, Tsai and other students on display in Changhua County’s Art Hall. “A-te [Tsai’s nickname] had always wanted to be a painter,” Chen said. Tsai went on to win many awards, such as the World School Children’s Art Exhibition hosted by the National Taiwan Arts Education Center and placed third in a watercolor competition when he was in junior high school, Chen said. Tsai was 17 and attending Yuanlin High School when he came up with the idea of holding a joint exhibition with his former teacher. She visited the Tsai family and brought back the bear to her studio to remind her of her promise.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said that the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio (Tdap-IPV) vaccine offered to children over five years old is to be gradually replaced by the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DTaP-IPV) vaccine later this month to provide better protection against pertussis. The Tdap-IPV vaccine is given as one dose to children over five years old and usually before they start elementary school. However, as pertussis antibody levels decline, the Tdap-IPV vaccine will be replaced by the DTaP-IPV vaccine after the remaining doses are used up, the CDC said. The DTaP-IPV vaccine does not cause more adverse effects than the current vaccine, but a few rare cases have shown localized adverse effects on children above seven years old after getting vaccinated, the CDC said. Children that have had encephalopathy or a serious allergic reaction to vaccinations should refrain from getting the DTaP-IPV vaccine.
AFP, DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesOff-spinner Dilruwan Perera yesterday finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and take the series 2-0. It was Pakistan’s first series defeat at their adopted home of the United Arab Emirates in seven years. Pakistan were forced to play at the neutral venue following a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009. They previously suffered a 3-0 defeat against Australia, a series also played at neutral venues in Colombo and the United Arab Emirates in 2002. Perera then completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped Mohammad Amir — unable to bowl in the second innings due to a shin injury — leg before wicket for 4, bringing Sri Lanka within three wickets of victory.
AFP, PARISIceland on Monday qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0, while Serbia clinched a spot at next year’s finals with a 1-0 win over Georgia. Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson scored in Reykjavik as Iceland, with a population of just 330,000, became the smallest nation to advance to the World Cup finals. “I thought after Euro 2016 that the hardest thing would be to motivate ourselves again,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. Aleksandar Prijovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to cement Serbia’s place in Russia, ending an eight-year major finals absence. Ireland remain on course for a first World Cup finals appearance since 2002, as surprise Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales saw their dream of a first trip to the tournament since 1958 turn to dust.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterA Double Ten National Day celebration yesterday organized by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) highlighted the significance and widespread presence of the national flag, and affirmed the existence of the Republic of China (ROC). The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has been accused by critics of deliberately minimizing imagery associated with China by removing the ROC flag from the invitations for the official Double Ten National Day ceremony and dinner, as well as not mentioning the ROC. The ceremony began with marching bands carrying national flags and portraits of Sun and Chiang, which were followed by a group of veterans bearing a huge national flag. “This is what a National Day celebration should look like. Surely we should bring our national flags out and raise them high at important occasions like National Day celebrations,” Ma said.
AP, UNITED NATIONSThe UN Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port. Hugh Griffiths, head of the panel of experts investigating the implementation of UN sanctions against North Korea, announced the bans on Monday at a briefing to UN member states. He identified the four cargo ships as the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun. The latest sanctions ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and cap its crude oil imports. However, “in a number of cases, the indications are that these joint ventures aren’t shutting down at all, but are on the contrary expanding — and therefore joint ventures is a major feature of the panel’s current investigations,” he said.
Reuters, SYDNEYTim Cahill yesterday scored twice, including the extra-time winner, as Australia kept their FIFA World Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Syria in the second leg of the Asian playoff. The 3-2 aggregate victory sends the Socceroos into an intercontinental playoff next month against the fourth-placed team in North and Central America and Caribbean qualifying with a World Cup finals spot on the line. “I knew I was going to score, I didn’t touch the ball much, but in the end I delivered,” said Cahill, who has played at the past three World Cup finals. “That’s what I’ve done my whole life and I’ll continue to do it.”The US, Panama and Honduras, the three nations who could provide the opposition in the intercontinental playoff, were due to play their final qualifiers later yesterday. Syria, who had to play all their “home” qualifiers in Malaysia because of the security situation in their war-torn nation, fought until the very end of the match, but ultimately came up short in their bid for a maiden World Cup finals spot.
The ROC is an illegal occupying force that took over our island against the wishes of the people,” Chen said. “Every year on Oct. 10, the government holds rallies and parades to celebrate the so-called Double Ten National Day of the ROC. Members of the Free Taiwan Party, the Taiwan Independence Party, the 908 Taiwan Republic Campaign, the Taiwan Independence Reformation Association and the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan were also at the event. I see hope for building a new Taiwan nation in the near future,” he said. Chen and Tsay led the crowd in a funeral procession, singing Taiwanese songs and carrying the effigy to Liberty Square.
AP, TOKYOA Japanese court yesterday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to pay ￥500 million (US$4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis. The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to improve safety measures, despite knowing as early as 2002 of a massive tsunami risk in the region. The 3,800 plaintiffs, who sued in 2015, form the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across Japan. Closely monitored as a measure of government responsibility, yesterday’s ruling was the second verdict that held the Japanese government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns, increasing hopes for other pending cases. The ruling dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that radiation levels in their former neighborhoods be reduced to predisaster levels.
I happened to arrive in Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival in 1988, and I witnessed how movie producers and directors were able to enjoy their moment of glory, walking on the red carpet amid cheers and flashing cameras. It was then that I vowed to myself that one day, I would take Taiwanese films to the Cannes Film Festival. Of course, it is only after I made the decision to learn how to make films that I came to realize that the quality of Taiwanese films were not up to global standards. Prior to making A City of Sadness (悲情城市), I decided there must be synchronous recording of the film, so I moved the post-production of the film to Japan. When the film became the first Taiwanese film to be nominated for the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, there was someone who blew the whistle on us.
Staff writer, with CNABrendan O’Connell, the first person to be naturalized without having to renounce his original citizenship, yesterday sang the national anthem with a group of elementary-school students in front of the Presidential Office Building to launch the Double Ten National Day celebrations. The procession was led by a display carrying several Taiwanese athletes who won medals at this year’s Taipei Summer Universiade. Immigrants wearing traditional clothing from their countries rode on the floats by the National Immigration Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which chose to feature the nation’s multiculturalism. For the finale, the air force’s Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team flew overhead, creating smoke ribbons in the sky in the colors of the national flag. At 8pm, Taitung residents and visitors enjoyed a 36-minute fireworks display over the Beinan River (卑南溪), along with projections on seven hot air balloons.