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CWB says tropical depression likely to bring showers

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 16, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter6

Photo courtesy of the Central Weather Bureau

A tropical depression east of the Philippines is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday, adding that the chances of showers would be high tomorrow in eastern and southern regions as the depression passes through the Bashi Channel before entering the South China Sea.

The storm is expected to take shape this morning, the bureau said, adding that it would be named Danas if it strengthens inot a tropical storm.

The tropical depression was moving west at 25kph.

There are two variables that could affect the movement of the system, the bureau said.

If a Pacific high-pressure system continues to weaken, the tropical depression would come closer to Taiwan, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

Trichogramma wasps shown to be effective against fall armyworm in Taiwan

Council of Agriculture is expected to mass produce Trichogramma in order to contain future FAW infestations

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/15
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Trichogramma (Council of Agriculture photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s fall armyworm (FAW) emergency response center said on Monday (July 15) that tiny Trichogramma wasps have proven effective in suppressing the growth of fall armyworms.

Furthermore, they can be mass produced in the future to prevent and contain the invasive species. The center said as of Sunday that a total of 206 FAW cases had been reported and confirmed across Taiwan, not including Chiayi City, with all FAW cases found in corn plants.

Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Chen Junne-jih (陳駿季) said Trichogramma, a natural enemy of FAW, have suppressed the expansion of FAW. He expected the government would mass produce Trichogramma to contain FAW infestations in the future.

Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Director-General Feng Hai-tung (馮海東) said Trichogramma has been used to contain American sugarcane borers and corn borers. He added the parasitic Trichogramma can prevent the hatching of FAW eggs and disrupt the life cycle.

Former TRA heads given heavier penalties for deadly train crash

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

CNA file photo

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Three former directors-general of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) have been given heavier administrative punishments than they received last December in the wake of a fatal train crash.

According to a final report released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Monday, Lu Chieh-shen (鹿潔身), who was in charge of the TRA when a Puyuma train derailed and killed 18 passengers in October 2018, will be given a major demerit and a demerit, instead of only a major demerit.

Lu ignored the longstanding problems with the Puyuma trains' air compressors that played a major role in the crash, the report said.

It was because of malfunctioning air compressors that the driver of the ill-fated train, You Chen-chung (尤振仲), turned off the automatic train protection (ATP) system, which when on prevents trains from speeding.    [FULL  STORY]

US Congressman McCaul: US arms will help Taiwan’s defense

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 15 July, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

Congressman McCaul (left) speaks with Tsai at Taiwanese American banquet in NY (CNA photo)

US Congressman Michael McCaul says that US arms sales to Taiwan will help Taiwan defend itself from the threat of China. He is one of the Congressmen who met with President Tsai Ing-wen during her stopover in New York. He made the comment during an interview on Fox News on Sunday.

When asked what China thinks of President Tsai’s trip to the US, McCaul said he thinks China is probably depressed about the United States’ current support for Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Han Kuo-Yu Wins KMT Presidential Primary by a Large Margin

Han Kuo-yu wins the KMT presidential primary by 44% – he will be running up against Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan's 2020 election.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Brian Hioe

Han Kuo-yu wins the KMT presidential primary by 44% – he will be running up against Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s 2020 election.

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) was announced as the winner of the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential primary today.

Han won by overwhelming margins, garnering 44.80 percent of the vote. Foxconn founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), a major contender against Han for the nomination, obtained 27.73 percent of the vote, while former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) only received 17.9 percent.

The KMT determined its presidential candidates through telephone polls, and the results are then confirmed by the party’s standing committee. Unlike the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the KMT does not include mobile phones in its phone polling process, which likely resulted in the sample size skewing older.

Han’s victory by a large margin came as a surprise as Gou was catching up in the polls last week.

He has benefited from constant media exposure since his rise from obscurity to superstardom in the months before the 2018 nine-in-one local elections. Gou, on the other hand, poured resources into campaign advertising last month, drawing on his wealth as Taiwan’s richest man.

Filipino indicted for murder after 8 die on Taiwanese fishing boat

Filipino indicted for homicide by Taiwan prosecutors after deaths of 8 fishermen

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fronda (center). (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Filipino fishery worker was indicted on Friday (July 12) for murder after a killing spree on the high seas resulted in the death of eight members of a fishing vessel.

The fisherman has been identified as Aurelio Fronda and is alleged to have fatally knifed two crew members and wounded two other fishermen aboard the Wen Peng (穩鵬號). Fronda was the chief officer on the ship, which is registered in Pingtung County’s Donggang township.

After the two crewmen were fatally stabbed and another two were wounded, eight more fishery workers jumped overboard to escape the attack, according to Manila and Economic Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Angelito Tan Banayo. Only two of the eight who jumped overboard were rescued, leaving the remaining six lost and sea and presumably drowned.

The attack is said to have taken place at 3 a.m. on Feb. 20, approximately 1,540 nautical miles from Port Louis, Mauritius. The ship had a crew of 24, including three Taiwanese, 10 Filipinos, and 11 Indonesians, according to the Taiwan Fisheries Agency.    [FULL  STORY]

Han Kuo-yu wins KMT primary for 2020 presidential race (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/15
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will represent the opposition

Aspirants for KMT nomination to run in 2020 presidential election. Terry Gou, Han Kuo-yu, Eric Chu, Chang Ya-chung and Chou Hsi-wei (clockwise)

Kuomintang (KMT) in the 2020 presidential election, after beating his closest challenger, former Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), by nearly 20 percent in the party's primary.

Announcing the results at a press conference in Taipei Monday, KMT Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said Han's support rate averaged 44.805 percent in the five different polls that were conducted nationwide July 8-14.

Gou, the runner-up, received an average 27.73 percent support in the polls, which was conducted by five independent polling organizations and collected a total of 15,185 valid samples via landline phone calls, Tseng said.

Among the other contenders, former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) gained an average 17.90 percent support rate, former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) 6.02 percent, and National Taiwan University professor Chang Ya-chung's (張亞中) 3.54 percent.

China to conduct military exercises near Taiwan after US agrees US$2.2 billion arms deal

South China Morning Post
Date: 14 Jul, 2019
By: Laurie Chen  

  • Announcement of ‘regular operations’ comes just days after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen hosts reception for UN representatives in New York
  • Timing of defence ministry’s statement is a clear warning to Taipei, observer says

Beijing says its air and naval forces will stage a “routine” military exercise near the Taiwan Strait in the coming days. Photo:

Air and naval forces from the People’s Liberation Army will conduct routine drills close to the Taiwan Strait in the coming days, Beijing said on Sunday, less than a week after Washington approved the sale of US$2.2 billion worth of military equipment to Taipei.

The exercises are part of the military’s regular schedule, the Ministry of Defence said in a short statement.

“The drills are routine arrangements according to the annual plans of the military force,” it said, without elaborating.

The announcement also came after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday held a reception in New York for permanent representatives of the United Nations at the self-ruled island’s de facto embassy in the city. The meeting, which was open to the media, was the first of its kind as Taiwan’s leaders have previously been prohibited from making public appearances during transit stops in the US.    [FULL  STORY]

Man arrested for fatal stabbing at Kaohsiung City morning market

Taiwan English News
Date: July 13, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier

A man was arrested today, just 5 hours after a woman was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the Jinlong fruit and vegetable market in Kaohsiung City this morning, July 13.

A woman named Wang (王), 46, accompanied by her 20-year-old daughter, had just arrived at the market at around 8:10am, when her daughter’s boyfriend, a 21-year-old man named Han (韓), approached them and requested Wang’s daughter to leave with him.

Ms Wang refused to let her daughter leave, and Han pulled out a fruit knife.

Traffic monitor video footage showed Wang attempting to run away from the man before being stabbed in the left lower jaw and neck.    [FULL  STORY]

14 illegal immigrants from Vietnam nabbed off SW Taiwan coast

The 14 illegal aliens will be repatriated

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/14
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Coast Guard Administration photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Fourteen Vietnamese on a Taiwanese fishing boat trying to enter Taiwan illegally were intercepted by the country’s Coast Guard off the coast of the southwestern city of Tainan in the early hours of Saturday (July 13), Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Sunday.

The Coast Guard’s Pingtung Fleet Branch said that it obtained a tip a few days ago when it was working on an organized crime case that a human trafficking group in southern Taiwan would take advantage of the summer vacation, when the Coast Guard would be busy with maritime search and rescue operations, to smuggle Vietnamese to Taiwan to work illegally, CNA reported.

The Pingtung Fleet Branch reported the tip to the Pingtung District Prosecutors Office, and a task force consisting of the Coast Guard and Kaohsiung City Police Department’s Gangshan Precinct was formed to investigate the tip, according to the news outlet.

At 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, a vessel dispatched by the Coast Guard intercepted a suspicious fishing boat off the coast of Qiu Mao Park (秋茂園), a former coastal attraction in Tainan City, and found 14 smuggled Vietnamese consisting of eight men and six women, as well as three Taiwanese human traffickers on the boat, CNA reported.    [FULL  STORY]