“After 6pm prayers, everyone stayed at home — there was nothing to do,” said Kantcho, a 35-year-old farmer. Locally generated power is far cheaper than connecting remote villages to a central grid — and helps to wean Togo off energy imported from Ghana and Nigeria, which provide half of its electricity needs. Half of Togo’s population lives on less than US$1.90 per day, the threshold of extreme poverty, the World Bank has said. The kit is enough to power lights, a radio and a small TV for several hours a day. “It operates a bit like microcredit,” Bboxx marketing director for Togo Alexandre Kouigan said.
By Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNAChiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) presided over 3,195 military court cases during the White Terror era, the most on record, the Transitional Justice Commission said yesterday as the Taiwan Transitional Justice Database went online. The database has records and photographs of victims of political persecution during the White Terror era, as well as the names and ranks of perpetrators, in the hope of enlightening the public about how such trials were conducted, the commission said. Then-chief of general staff Chou Chih-jou (周至柔) presided over 2,506 cases, while then-navy commander Kuei Yung-ching (桂永清) was in charge of 1,241 cases, the database shows. The database shows that both Taiwanese and Mainlanders — those who fled to Taiwan from China with the KMT in 1949 — were victims during the White Terror era, with Taiwanese accounting for 55 percent of cases and Mainlanders 44 percent. It marked the beginning of the White Terror era.
PSA reported record net income of 3.2 billion euros (US$3.48 billion) compared with 2.83 billion euros a year earlier. The group’s adjusted operating income of 6.32 billion euros beat an average forecast of 6.14 billion euros of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Despite the drop, PSA’s profit margin widened to 8.5 percent amid chief executive officer Carlos Tavares’ relentless lowering of costs and focus on selling expensive models. Adjusted operating income last year rose a better-than-expected 11 percent to 6.32 billion euros. In the past, the margin has been boosted by excluding restructuring charges from operating profit, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts have said.
The Wall Street stalwart has been in discussions with regulators about securing the necessary approvals to operate in UK personal banking, Sky said. The prospective launch could also pit JPMorgan against Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s online-only bank called Marcus, which opened in the UK in September 2018, though a City of London source told Sky that JPMorgan was planning a wider range of products. Last week, N26 GmbH, a German digital bank backed by investor Peter Thiel, announced that it was withdrawing from the UK after four years. “In that sense large universal banks — HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Santander UK — retain their dominance over UK retail banking market,” Kokkinis said. “However, challenger banks, which operate exclusively online and thus offer cheaper services, are popular amongst customers below the age of 37,” he said.
The fallen drones, which were later located at the Taichung City Hou-Zong Senior High School, did not cause any injuries, the administration said. The administration suspects that the interference was caused by other drones flying in the area, Liao said. It was also possible that some people were using other radio-frequency devices near the venue, which caused interference, he said. Strong winds might also have caused the drones to collide and crash, they said. Taichung only allows a limited number of fly zones for drone operators, which they said was unreasonable.
Staff Writer, with CNAThe Memorial Foundation of 228 yesterday launched three books documenting different aspects of the 228 Incident to mark the 73rd anniversary of the massacre. The 228 Incident refers to a crackdown launched by the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime against civilian demonstrators following an incident in Taipei on Feb. 27, 1947. The Puzzle of the 228 Incident, by Academia Historica President Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深), is a compilation of major research findings and theses pertaining to the Incident. It focuses on the battle between revolutionaries and KMT troops in Wuniulan, today’s Ailan (愛蘭) in Nantou County, shortly after the massacre. Speaking at a launch event at the National 228 Memorial Museum, Lin said he encountered difficulties when conducting the interviews, as many survivors and witnesses were still afraid to talk even 73 years after the massacre.
So far, the export-driven country has shown little interest in significantly boosting expenditures, arguing fiscal stimulus cannot bolster foreign demand. On climate change, differences of opinion in the Saudi capital were starker. The Saudi delegation, which is hosting the event, did not show much enthusiasm for it either, according to two of them. Delegates on Saturday heard a warning from the IMF that the COVID-19 outbreak would dent global growth. The outbreak will shave about 0.1 percentage points from global growth and constrain China’s growth to 5.6 percent this year, IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva said.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan expects to increase daily mask production from 4 million to 10 million by early next month to meet high demand amid preventative efforts against COVID-19, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Friday. A team of machine-tool builders, working with three research institutes, have constructed 60 new production lines, each capable of manufacturing 100,000 surgical masks per day, the ministry said in a Facebook post. Normally, this many production lines would take four to six months to build, but the team completed the work in one month, the ministry said. TMBA said that it hopes that when output reaches 10 million masks per day, people would no longer have to stand in long lines to buy two masks per week under the government’s rationing system. As part of the government’s efforts to contain and deal with COVID-19, it has been requisitioning and distributing all domestically produced masks to healthcare workers and professionals and to more than 6,000 pharmacies and drugstores for regulated sale to consumers.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterTaoyuan police have arrested 674 suspected gang members, and seized illegal weapons and drugs, Taoyuan police chief Chen Kuo-ching (陳國進) told a news conference on Saturday. In other news, Keelung police yesterday captured a man surnamed Hsieh (謝), 47, who is suspected of strangling his wife surnamed Tseng (曾), 45, to death with electrical cord. Su met the woman surnamed Hoang, 22, at an eatery where she was working, but their relationship soured when she began to take on other jobs, including working as a masseuse, police said. Su told police that Hoang had deceived him, as she had not told him that she was married. Su bought two containers and filled them with gasoline before pouring it on Hoang and allegedly setting her alight, police said.
By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporterThe ratio of orders fulfilled by Taiwanese manufacturers overseas has consistently declined over the past several months as they shift operations back home, government statistics showed. Last month, 48.8 percent of all export orders received by Taiwanese firms were produced in their overseas factories, down from 53.7 percent in the previous month and compared with 50.8 percent a year ago, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Thursday. The information technology and communications industry and the mechanical engineering sector led others by reporting that 91.2 percent and 74 percent of their export orders respectively were fulfilled by their overseas production bases last month. However, those figures also fell for the fourth consecutive month, the data showed. “A temporary decline in external demand may cause a downward revision, but the trends are still intact,” Yen added.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday said she is the director of the city government’s COVID-19 prevention response team, so she has the best overall grasp of the virus situation in Taipei, and that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has not been informed of all the details. Huang was responding to a series remarks Ko and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), had made on whether more details about a confirmed COVID-19 case should be publicized. Ko has repeatedly called for the area in which the woman lives to be revealed to the public to prevent further panic. Ko on Saturday said that he had not been informed of the details. Whether the nation’s 24th case is locally transmitted or not, the city government would enhance disease prevention and control measures to prepare for possible local transmission of COVID-19 in Taiwan, she said.
AFP, LONDONSea freight transport, the lifeblood of trade and a bellwether of the global economy, has been blown off course by the COVID-19 outbreak, sparking general alarm. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) reflects the daily price of moving goods such as coal, rice and wheat along routes deemed representative of the global market. “Given that China accounts for about 40 percent of global seaborne trade, it is not so surprising that freight rates have tanked,” it added. With more than 2,400 death reported from COVID-19 and swathes of the country under effective lockdown for a second month, Chinese demand might suffer for months to come, he said. The price of shipping both commodities is reflected in the BDI index, which is in “free fall,” Capital Economics said.
AFP, CODOGNO, Italy, and SHANGHAISouth Korea yesterday went on high alert following a sharp jump in coronavirus cases, and Italy and Iran took their own drastic containment steps as an outbreak that has killed nearly 2,500 people in China continued a relentless global expansion. “The government will raise the alert level to the highest level according to experts’ recommendations.”South Korea yesterday reported 169 new cases and three deaths, taking the countrywide fatality toll to five. Italy and Iran began introducing the sort of containment measures previously seen only in China. Iran ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres across 14 provinces from yesterday following eight deaths in the Islamic Republic — the most outside East Asia. China reported another 97 deaths in its daily update, taking its total to 2,442, plus 648 new infections.
Reset Kaohsiung Headquarters said that as of Saturday night, it had received about 363,000 signatures from Wecare Kaohsiung, the Taiwan Statebuilding Party and other petition locations before Citizens Mowing Action delivered its signatures. Along with Wecare Kaohsiung and the Taiwan Statebuilding Party’s signatures, the campaign is now “very close” to reaching the 580,000 signature threshold needed to launch a recall vote against Han, he said. The campaigners will likely submit the signatures by the middle of next month, Wecare Kaohsiung founder Aaron Yin (尹立) said. The petition has not ended, he said, adding that he hopes people would continue to sign the petition to reach the threshold. Supporters of the campaign said the commission was “nitpicking.”Reset Kaohsiung Headquarters is just a venue that accepts signatures, not Chen’s office, they said.
Four of the snakes are known to consume rodents, the zoo said, adding that only the pointed-scaled pit viper is venomous. The zoo urged people to avoid places that snakes frequent when the weather is warm, as winter in Taiwan is not cold enough to send snakes into hibernation. Hikers should use a stick to stir the bushes or long grass before walking in to scare off snakes, the zoo said. In related news, two cotton-top tamarins that were born at the zoo have turned one month old, the zoo said. Prior to the birth, the parents were the only two cotton-top tamarins at the zoo, it added.