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Pharmaceutical R&D breakthroughs recognized

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-07-20

The government has given awards to the top R&D breakthroughs in the field of pharmaceutical research.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Industrial Development Bureau co-hosted the Pharmaceutical Technology Research and Development Award on Friday. The awards have been in existence for 17 years. They honor technological achievements by local pharmaceutical companies.
Nine companies were recognized this year. Awards included a successful improvement to the flu vaccine by Adimmune, and a new patent from Chunghwa Chemical Synthesis & Biotech that reduces the cost of multiple drugs.

An FDA official said Taiwan’s pharmaceutical companies possess world-class R&D capability and the government will continue to help them shine on the world stage in the future    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan News: CPC Scolded for Leak, Power Consumption Breaks July Record

Your daily bulletin of Taiwan news, courtesy of ICRT.

Taiwan News: CPC Scolded for Leak, Power Consumption Breaks July Record
The News Lens
Date: 2018/07/20

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG

Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) is demanding CPC Corp., Taiwan’s state-owned refiner, take action after reports surfaced that over 60 cubic meters of gasoline leaked from from an oil tank at the Huxi Oil Depot on Penghu – polluting about a hectare of land.

According to Chen, CPC has been instructed to submit a review about the leak within a week and name the two employees who were disciplined over the incident.

The minister said the company has also been asked to review all operational processes and introduce intelligent measurement control systems, to replace the manual measurement of oil.

The oil leak at the depot in Penghu occurred in June last year.    [FULL  STORY]

2019 Taipei Game Show open for registration

The 2019 event is expected to include the biggest independent gaming event in Asia

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 2019 Taipei Game Show opened for registration on

2018 Taipei Game Show. (Image courtesy of Taipei Game Show Facebook)

July 10, and has already secured an internationally renowned international video game developer.

The 2019 Taipei Game Show is expected to be the biggest ever, with a large showing from independent and large developers from both Taiwan and abroad.

Last year’s event was the biggest independent gaming event in Asia and showcased 175 local and international independent video game companies. It is expected that next year’s event will have even more, according to the Liberty Times.

The Taipei Game Show has three components, the Asia Pacific Game Summit, B2B Zone and B2C Zone. The Asia Pacific Game Summit is an event to bring together developers from the region, and to promote and share experiences.
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Cellist C.C. Chang breaks wrist, to undergo operation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Zoe Wei and Flor Wang

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Renowned cellist C.C. Chang (張正傑) broke his wrist while holidaying in Vienna, Austria, and will undergo an operation at a local hospital soon, Chang confirmed to CNA Friday.

Chang, who is in Vienna on summer vacation, said the accident occurred Thursday when he ran into a pothole when cycling along the Danube River, breaking his left wrist.

The 57-year-old said he is not sure whether the injury will affect his ability to play the cello, but the doctor told him his wrist will be in plaster for four weeks.

“I really hope to play the cello again,” he told CNA, noting that he is scheduled to hold a concert for wheelchair-bound fans in Taiwan in September. “I’m keen to play for them as it will be the seventh year in a row.”     [FULL  STORY]

Jury proponents call for US-style elected justices

‘DINOSAUR JUDGES’: Having judges elected by the public would not only weed out corruption, but could also bring sentencing in line with public expectations, the group said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 21, 2018
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Jury Association yesterday called for mechanisms to remove unsuitable judges and suggested that Taiwan emulate the US, where citizens elect some judges.

“Judicial elections” in the US, where voters decide, are a good way to eliminate corrupt judges and would complement the judiciary’s Judge Evaluation System, introduced in 2012 after the promulgation of the Judges Act (法官法), association chairman Chang Ching (張靜) said.

Putting the two systems into practice could oust justices that some have called “dinosaur judges,” who have issued rulings that did not meet the public’s expectations and have been perceived as handing out lenient sentences for murder and other serious crimes, Chang said.

Electing judges leads to term limits and allows the public to remove judges who have a record of misconduct, transgressions or dereliction of duty, said Chang, a former judge and former attorney.    [FULL  STORY]

Yang Yun-Hsuan made history as 1st ever AH-64E female pilot

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-07-19

Taiwan saw history this week with the first ever Taiwanese female pilot of the AH-64E attack helicopter. Yang Yun-Hsuan made an appearance during a combat drill on Tuesday.

Five AH-64E attack helicopters quickly break formation and rise in the air. The helicopters showcase their high level maneuverability by completing a series of moves with ease, including sharp turns and tumbling in mid-air.

The American-made AH-64E “Apache” is the most advanced attack helicopter in the world. It is equipped with a cutting-edge radar system and many air-to-ground weapons.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan News: Mainland Affairs Minister Chen Tells It Strait in Washington

The News Lens
Date: 2018/07/19
By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) has said both sides of the Taiwan Strait need to respect each other, listen to rational views domestically, and work out rules for an orderly interaction.

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank in Washington, Chen said the two sides have tried to bring their relationship to a final settlement for two years, but have failed to find a solution that is satisfactory to both sides.

According to Chen, while Taiwan works to guard and develop its democracy, China has centralized control, is intent on changing the global order and lacks respect for democracy and human rights.

The minister went on to say that that Beijing’s denial of the existence of the Republic of China as an independent sovereign government has prevented resolution of the political impasse across the Taiwan Strait.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese nurse named in the winning list of 2018 iPhone Photography Awards  

Lee Yu-Chieh (李俞潔) won the second place in the People category for her photo ‘Waiting’ taken in Peru

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/07/19
By: Alicia Nguyen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two Taiwanese photographers received outstanding prizes from the photography awards for photos taken by iPhone.

On July 18, The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) announced the winning list of its 11th competition. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries around the world.

Lee Yu-Chieh (李俞潔), who is a full-time nurse and also one out of two Taiwanese contestants, submitted her photo shot on iPhone 6S, with the title called “Waiting”.

Lee’s photo was taken in Cuzco, Peru with the description as “I took this shot of a woman in traditional clothes, in a barren landscape”.    [FULL  STORY]

North Korea makes push to attract Taiwanese tourists

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/19
By: Chen Ching-fang and Flor Wang 

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) In an effort to attract more Taiwanese tourists to North Korea, the country opened an official tourism promotion center in Taipei Thursday.

Following the opening ceremony, two tour group packages were offered to Taiwanese who now can directly book packages to visit the hermit kingdom.

The two packages, NT$30,000 (about US$1,000) for a three-night tour and NT$50,000 for a five-night stay, were the first to be offered by the center — a joint venture between a North Korean government-sponsored travel agency and Taipei-based Chung Hsing Travel Service.

All the destinations included in the two tour group packages are scenic spots authorized by North Korea’s tourism bureau to target foreign visitors, an executive of the center said.    [FULL  STORY]

Progressive coalition eyes council seats

NPP COOPERATION: The Green Party Taiwan and SDP urged the NPP to work with other minor parties, as it has ‘refused to communicate, discuss or negotiate with us’

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),

The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, holds a news conference in Taipei yesterday announcing its aim to win seats in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 local elections.  Photo courtesy of the Social Welfare State Front

Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, yesterday said it aims to win at least three councilor seats each in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 elections, and to establish united party caucuses in the cities.

The three parties on June 19 founded the front with mediation from former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chen Zau-nan (陳昭南) to promote their shared platform policies, which include improving public housing, childcare and transportation, and establishing subsidies for start-ups.

The front has candidates in 24 constituencies, Chen said, adding that while the final candidate lists for 20 constituencies have already been determined, those for the remaining four are still being discussed.    [FULL  STORY]