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A Presidential Office guard has been attacked by a man with a samurai sword and a PRC flag

The China Post
Date: August 18, 2017
By: dpa

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A military police officer on guard outside the Presidential Office

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was wounded Friday by a sword-wielding man with a PRC flag who allegedly tried to break into the building, according to police and state-run media reports.

The guard sustained cuts to his neck and was rushed to the National Taiwan University hospital for treatment, the Central News Agency said.

A man was restrained by security personnel and later taken away for questioning by police officers, according to the Presidential Office.

The man, who is unemployed and lives in the Beitou District, attacked the victim with a samurai sword he stole from the Armed Forces Museum, according to police.

He was carrying a five-star red flag, the national flag of mainland China, police said.  [FULL  STORY]

Aerospace and defense are benchmark industries: VP

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-17

Vice President Chen Chien-jen said the government will continue to boost national defense and the aerospace industry. He was speaking on Thursday at the opening of the 2017 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition.

Chen said that the aerospace and defense industries are the benchmark when it comes to producing high-tech, quality products. He said the two industries integrate many key sectors, such as mechanics, electronic communications and manufacturing. Chen said the government will continue to boost the defense industry by promoting research, development, and manufacturing of indigenous fighter jets and warships.

Chen Yi-ling, chief secretary of the economics ministry, said Taiwan’s aerospace industry has seen significant growth in recent years. Chen said this demonstrates Taiwan’s growing competitiveness in the sector.    [FULL  STORY]

I-Mei CEO Luis Ko and director Wu Nien-jen urge Taiwanese youth ‘to say no to drugs’

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/17
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—I-Mei Foods CEO Luis Ko (高志明) and movie director Wu

I-Mei Foods CEO Luis Ko (高志明) and movie director Wu Nien-jen (吳念真) jointly urged Taiwanese youth to say ‘no’ to drugs at a press conference on Thursda (By Taiwan News)

Nien-jen (吳念真) jointly urged Taiwanese youth to say ‘no’ to drugs at a press conference to release a series of anti-drug short films in Taipei on Thursday.

Taiwan Advertising Council (TAC), of which Ko is the chairman, commissioned Wu and his team to plan and produce the series of anti-drug films, in the hope that the main ideas in these films can be widely promulgated through the channels of government agencies, schools and large enterprises to bring down the number of people taking illegal drugs in Taiwan.

Ko said that the harm of drugs is a serious problem, especially among people of lower socioeconomic status. Very few people notice how serious the problem is because it is not an issue that can be felt by the 23 million Taiwanese people right away, like a blackout,he said, urging the public to work hard towards the goal of eradicating the drug problem for the next generations.    [FULL  STORY]

Premier to report to Legislature on power outage

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/17
By Huang Li-yun and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Premier Lin Chuan (林全) will deliver a report on the Aug. 15

Premier Lin Chuan (林全)

power outage to the Legislative Yuan on Monday, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Thursday.

Lin has also instructed Acting Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) to visit Tatan Power Plant in Taoyuan and state-owned fuel supplier CPC Corp. to look into the incident and present a report on Friday, Hsu said.

The instruction was given during a lunch meeting between Lin and legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, according to Hsu.

At a weekly Cabinet meeting held in the morning, the premier again apologized to the public for the inconvenience caused by the outage, which affected more than 6.68 million households in 17 cities and counties across Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai energy pledge ‘bombast’: KMT think tank head

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was resorting to bombast when she pledged to develop independent power grids to provide the nation with stable “green” energy, National Policy Foundation chief executive officer Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said on Wednesday.

The head of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) think tank made the remarks during a presentation at a weekly KMT Central Standing Committee meeting after Tsai apologized to the public over a power outage on Tuesday that affected 6.68 million homes and offices.

“The power supply issue is simple,” Sun said. “Tsai’s administration only needs to answer two questions: How and with what kind of energy does it propose to achieve a stable and affordable power supply before and after 2025, when it expects to build a ‘nuclear-power-free homeland?’” he said.

Tsai’s pledge suggests her misconception of base-load energy supplies, which are characterized by uninterrupted power transmission around the clock, which renewable energies lack, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

A first look at the Cabinet’s 2018 budget proposal

The China Post
Date: August 18, 2017
By: The China Post

Infrastructure projects, anti-drug campaigns, elderly care and the “New Southbound

Infrastructure projects, anti-drug campaigns, elderly care and the “New Southbound Policy” get a sizable boost in funding in the Executive Yuan’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year.

Policy” get a sizable boost in funding in the Executive Yuan’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year.

According to the plan, the government’s annual revenue will increase by 2.7 percent year-on-year in the 2018 fiscal year to NT$1.8904 trillion, while its expenditures will slightly increase by 0.6 percent to NT$1.9850 trillion.

The government will raise its debt to cover the NT$94.6 billion shortfall (which dropped 28.8 percent compared to fiscal 2017) as well as NT$79 billion in debt repayment.

The largest share of central government spending will go to social welfare projects, which will account for NT$490.2 billion, followed by education, science and culture (NT$402 billion); defense (NT$320 billion); and economic development (NT$245.4 billion).    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei Universiade: Emergency power ready for Games, Ko says

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 17, 2017
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

The Taipei City Government has prepared emergency power supplies at the

Members of the Taiwan team yesterday take part in a flag-raising ceremony at the Universiade Athletes’ Village in New Taipei City’s Linkou District. The Universiade Taipei 2017 opens on Saturday. Photo: Lin Yueh-fu, Taipei Times

Summer Universiade sports venues, so that the Games will not be affected by a sudden outage, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday when asked about the nationwide blackout on Tuesday.

Ko was in the city’s Wanhua District (萬華) in front of Longshan Temple (龍山寺) yesterday afternoon to preside over the passing of the Universiade flame.

The mayor passed the torch to Wang Hui-jen (王惠珍), the first Taiwanese Universiade gold medalist from Taiwan, who was to carry it to Zhongshan Hall yesterday, and from the MRT Xinbeitou Station (新北投車站) to the Taipei Municipal Stadium to light up the cauldron today.

The Universiade flame had passed through Italy’s Turin and Naples, Bangkok, South Korea’s Daegu and the nation’s 21 counties as well as Taipei’s 12 districts, Ko said.    [FULL  STORY]

This was the single mistake that cut power to 6.68 million households

The China Post
Date: August 16, 2017
By: The China Post

Tuesday’s massive blackout occurred after staff failed to switch the computerized

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valve switch to manual control when replacing a power supply unit, according to state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan.

CPC Chairman Chen Chin-te (陳金德) held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the preliminary findings of a probe into the blackout that affected 6.68 million households the day before.

Because of the oversight, the new power unit caused the valves to shut automatically, disrupting the supply of natural gas to Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) and making it impossible for Tatan Power Plant to operate, Chen said.

He told reporters that the supply valves closed at 4:48 p.m. and reopened at 4:52 p.m. and that the supply of natural gas was entirely cut off for about two minutes.
[FULL  STORY]

Uganda’s Universiade participation in limbo: Foreign ministry

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-15

The foreign ministry says it remains undecided whether Ugandan athletes will take part in the upcoming 2017 Universiade in Taipei. That’s the word from foreign ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang on Tuesday.

Wang said the Ugandan team is still working to get government approval to attend the world student games set to kick off on Saturday.

The delegation has already registered with the event organizer and hopes to send 48 athletes to compete in five categories, including basketball and track and field events.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s major TV networks show support for Taipei Universiade

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/15
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—As Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade is ready to go in less

As Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade is ready to go in less than a week, representatives from Taiwan’s major TV networks and production companies gathere (By Central News Agency)

than a week, representatives from Taiwan’s major TV networks and production companies gathered at Taipei City Hall on August 15 to pledge their support for the sports event by delivering high-quality coverage.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said the city will mobilize all available resources to broadcast the games in a scale the island has never seen, including 15 outside broadcasting vans, 5 production control systems, and 5,000 personnel. For example, motion-tracking technologies often used in the Olympics will for the first time be employed to cover track and field as well as swimming competitions of the Universiade.    [FULL  STORY]