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  • Vincent 05:31:23 on 2011 年 03 月 30 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/30 

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    10AM EZ News Intro
    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    10AM TAIWAN NEWS ….
    in local news …

    The Control Yuan has opened an investigation into the alleged dereliction of
    duty by members of the former Chen administration who worked at the
    Presidential Office between 2000 and 2008.

    According to the government watchdog … members of the Chen administration
    lost more than 90 percent of the official files that went through their
    hands.

    The move follows charges by the Presidential Office that of 38-thousand
    official documents received by the Presidential Office during the eight-year
    Chen administration … only 6-per cent were filed correctly.

    The names of 17 former D-P-P administration officials have been turned over
    to the Control Yuan for investigation.

    ————

    The Central Weather Bureau is playing down the possibility of radiation from
    Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reaching Taiwan.

    The statement follows reports that radioactivity from the plant will reach
    Taiwan on April 2-nd.

    According to the bureau, such a remains extremely low unless there is another
    explosion at the plant within the next 36 hours.

    A bureau spokesman says even if atmospheric radiation approaches Taiwan, it
    will not come any closer to the island than 1,100-kilometers and the
    potential impact will be very limited.

    And in related news ….

    Nissan’s main distributor in Taiwan says the company will screen all auto
    parts imported from Japan for radiation.

    The screening will begin on April 1-st.

    Nissan Taiwan’s public relations manager says the local distributor will
    ensure three stages of radiation checks on the parts — before shipment to
    Taiwan, before storage, and after assembly.

    libya
    In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are hammering rebels with tanks and
    rockets, which has reversed the opposition’s rapid advance into panicked
    retreat.

    Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless international
    airstrikes continue to provide help.

    World leaders who met in London agreed that Gadhafi should step down … but
    have yet to decide what additional pressure to put on him.

    libya terror
    In related news …

    The AP’s Sagar reports a top American commander says there’s some
    intelligence pointing to a terrorist presence among the Libyan opposition.

    iraq
    At least 56 people were killed during an attack in Iraq yesterday.

    Wearing military uniforms over explosives belts, gunmen held a local Iraqi
    government center hostage … then executed them, including three councilmen
    who were killed with gunshots to the head.

    Iraqi officials were quick to blame al-Qaida in Iraq for the slaughter.

    Officials are particularly sensitive about the ability of Iraqi security
    forces to protect the country as U.S. troops plan to leave at the end of the
    year.

    japan
    Japan’s government is admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to
    protect a nuclear plant against the earthquake and tsunami … that crippled
    the facility and caused it to leak radiation.

    Japan is now promising to overhaul safety standards.

    The struggle to contain radiation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has
    unfolded with near-constant missteps — the latest including three workers
    drenched with radioactive water despite wearing supposedly waterproof suits.

    Following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, more than 11-thousand bodies
    have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to
    exceed 18-thousand.

    Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless.

    Damage could amount to 310 billion U-S dollars … the most expensive natural
    disaster on record.

    bedbugs
    New York City opens a couple of new fronts in its war on bedbugs.

    The AP’s Warren Levinson reports.

    WEATHER AM …..
    partly cloudy skies w/ sunny spells the north w/ a high of 22 in Taipei
    …….
    and cloudy skies in the center and south …
    w/ a high of 26 in the Taichong and Gaoxiong areas.

    Current Temperatures ….

    Taipei — 18

    Taichung — 20

    Gaoxiong — 22

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  • Vincent 08:03:01 on 2011 年 03 月 29 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ICRT News on Demand – 2011/03/29 

    3PM Intro
    Good afternoon. It’s time for ICRT news at 3. I’m Mike Woodward.

    HTC to Buy Stake in Online Music Store
    First, Taiwan news…

    Taiwan’s HTC, the world’s fifth largest smartphone maker, announced today
    that it will acquire a stake in the world’s largest Chinese-language online
    music store.

    The bid is an effort by HTC to expand its range of mobile music services.

    In an e-mailed statement, HTC said it expected to invest 10 million U.S.
    dollars to acquire an 11.1-percent stake in Taipei-headquartered KKBOX.

    HTC also said it’s looking to obtain a seat on its board of directors after
    the music provider increases its paid-in capital.

    HTC CEO Peter Zhou described KKBOX as “an important media platform for music
    markets in the Chinese-speaking world and Japan."

    Zhou added that online music service plays a key role in digital content and
    is an essential part of HTC’s future development.

    HTC started a partnership with KKBOX in 2004.

    (jm)

    ChinaTrust merged MetLife
    New York-based MetLife has agreed to sell its Taiwan life insurance unit to
    Chinatrust Financial Holding company for $180 million U.S. dollars, in the
    U.S. insurer’s second attempt to exit Taiwan.

    According to a Wall Street Journal report, fierce competition and a crowded
    market have prompted many foreign insurers to leave Taiwan, with A-I-G and
    MassMutual Financial Group being the most recent ones.

    Their departures accelerated following the global financial crisis in 2008,
    as some of the insurers badly needed the cash to replenish their capital and
    diverted the resources to the higher-growth markets.

    The MetLife deal, which will require approval from Taiwan’s financial
    regulator, will help Chinatrust expand into life insurance, after failing to
    bid for AIG’s Taiwan life insurance unit earlier this year.

    Chinatrust Financial is the nation’s third-largest financial service provider
    and the owner of Chinatrust Commercial Bank.

    (JL)

    Japan
    Officials say highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear
    power plant in Japan’s tsunami disaster zone into the soil outside,
    heightening concerns about the expanding spread of radiation.

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says plutonium was detected at
    several spots outside the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant _ the first
    confirmed presence of the dangerously radioactive substance.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says there are strong indications some of
    the radioactivity is coming from damaged nuclear fuel rods, a worrying
    development in the race to bring the power plant under control.

    wall street
    in economic news…

    Wall Street is adjusting to the latest economic data that shows US consumer
    spending rose for the eighth straight month in February.

    But with consumer prices also rising – by the largest amount in 2 1/2 years –
    households are having to tap into their savings to accommodate.

    Natalie Carney has more from Wall Street:

    weather
    Taiwan weather forecast for tonight according to the Central Weather Bureau:
    fairly clear skies island-wide this evening. Lows tonite north, center and
    south: 13, 13 and 17.

    At the moment Taipei is clear and 21, Taichung cloudy and 25, Gauhsiung
    cloudy with haze and 24.

    3PM Outro
    That’s ICRT News at 3. Thank you for listening. I’m Mike Woodward.

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  • Vincent 03:06:01 on 2011 年 03 月 29 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/29 

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    10AM EZ News Intro
    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    10AM TAIWAN NEWS ….
    The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday defended the island’s reliance on
    nuclear power … saying it remains a “necessary solution" in the
    foreseeable future.

    According to economic minister – Shi Yen-xiang – alternatives to nuclear
    power would be very costly .. and the island see a sizable increase in carbon
    emissions and electricity rates if nuclear power was replaced by natural gas
    or coal.

    The statement follows calls by the main opposition D-P-P for the legislature
    to approve a referendum on nuclear power.

    Shi added that all of the island’s nuclear plants are able to withstand
    strong earthquakes.

    ————-

    The Ministry of Interior says it will establish a sex offenders’ — –
    publishing the names and photographs of repeat sex offenders online.

    Interior Minister – Jiang Yi-hua – said amendments to the Sex Assault Crime
    Prevention Act are based on the U-S’ Megan’s Law – which requires authorities
    to make information regarding registered sex offenders available to the
    general public.

    The move comes amid widespread public criticism of the government’s handling
    of sex offenders following the rape and murder of a teenage girl in Yilan
    County by a convicted sex offender.

    —————-

    Officers from the Justice Investigation Bureau detained ten Jeelung police
    officers yesterday on charges of taking bribes from illegal video game arcade
    and casino operators.

    Prosecutors say the bribes could total as much as 100-million N-T dollars and
    were paid over a period of 18 years.

    All ten police officers arrested were stationed at the Jeelung City Police
    Bureau’s First Precinct.

    Two casino operators were also arrested in the operation.

    libya
    NATO has taken over command of the no-fly zone over Libya, and rebel forces
    have closed in on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte.

    The town is reportedly the gateway to the western half of the country.

    The AP’s Robert Reid reports.

    us-libya
    Meanwhile …

    Defending the attacks he launched 10 days ago, U-S President Barack Obama
    says preventing Moammar Gadhafi from crushing pro-democracy rebels is in
    America’s national interests.

    The AP’s Mark Smith reports.

    japan
    Workers have discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan’s
    crippled nuclear complex.

    Crews also detected plutonium — a key ingredient in nuclear weapons — in
    the soil outside the complex, though officials are insisting the finding
    poses no threat to public health.

    Since the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant was crippled in the March 11th
    earthquake and tsunami, three of the complex’s six reactors are believed to
    have partially melted down, and emergency crews have struggled with
    everything from malfunctioning pumps to dangerous spikes in radiation that
    have forced temporary evacuations.

    Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will
    continue for months or even years amid alarms over radiation making its way
    into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far away as Tokyo.

    Over 10-thousand people are known to have died, with more than 16-thousand
    people still missing.

    cambodia
    In Cambodia, the man who admitted to overseeing the torture and killing of
    16-thousand people as the Khmer Rouge’s chief prison warden is appealing his
    19-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — operating during the brutal four-year
    ultra-Marxist regime in the 1970s … which led to the deaths of an estimated
    1.7 million people.

    The 68-year-old was sentenced last July to 35 years in prison for war crimes
    and crimes against humanity, but the sentence was commuted to 19 years due to
    time already served and other technicalities.

    The sentence was widely criticized as too lenient.

    WEATHER AM …..
    expect mostly cloudy skies w/ sunny spells islandwide …
    w/ a high of 19 in Taipei
    a high of 23 in Taichong
    and a high of 26 in Gaoxiong.

    Current Temperatures ….

    Taipei — 20

    Taichung — 20

    Gaoxiong — 21

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  • Vincent 04:00:04 on 2011 年 03 月 28 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/28 

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    10AM EZ News Intro
    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    Gov’t. reporting no radiation in Japan imported goods
    The government says all foodstuffs and industrial products imported from
    Japan since radiation screening began have met safety standards.

    The Atomic Energy Council has conducted checks on 506 foodstuffs imported
    from Japan, and none have registered any increased radiation levels.

    The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection has also found no increased
    radiation levels in some 658 industrial goods.

    To date, only broad beans and geo-duck clams imported from Japan have had
    traces of radioactive substances … but all these products have been
    destroyed.

    As of yesterday … some 56-thousand people have been screened for radiation
    at the island’s main airports since screening began.

    Forty had slight traces of radioactivity on their skin or clothing … but
    this number has remained unchanged for the past five days.

    Luxury tax review pending
    Lawmakers are expected to begin reviewing the government’s “luxury tax" bill
    early next month.

    The government says the bill is aimed at cutting back real estate speculation
    … and was proposed after there were widespread complaints of sky-rocketing
    property prices, especially in northern parts of the island.

    Lawmakers from the ruling K-M-T are calling on the government to explain the
    bill … claiming residents of southern Taiwan don’t have a clear
    understanding of the policy.

    Meanwhile … the main opposition D-P-P says the estimated 15-billion N-T
    dollars in revenue expected from the new tax should be used to help subsidize
    education programs for low-income families and help cover medical costs of
    children and the elderly.

    The K-M-T says the revenues should be used to help first time home buyers
    purchase properties.

    Taipei City Government to expand road resurfacing program
    The Taipei City Government says it will expand its “smooth road program" …
    and begin resurfacing all roads and lanes less than 8-meters in width this
    year.

    The project is part of city Mayor Hao Long-bin’s policy to improve conditions
    of many of the city’s roads.

    The program began in 2009 … with an additional 229-million N-T dollars to
    be added to the program.

    libya
    in international news …

    Western aircraft are bombing the Libyan capital of Tripoli and another key
    site.

    Here’s more from the AP’s Mark Lavie in Cairo.

    japan
    A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the coast on this morning.

    There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan
    Meteorological Agency said that a tsunami of up to a half meter may wash into
    Miyagi Prefecture.

    Meanwhile …

    The company responsible for the Fukushima power station evacuated it again
    yesterday after high levels of radiation were detected in the cooling system
    of one reactor.

    At one point radiation of 1-thousand milli-sieverts per hour was measured.

    This is a potentially lethal level said to be 10 million times higher than
    normal.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company later said that the reading was a mistake, and
    it wasn’t double-checked because workers ran away from the building.

    However, new measurements over the weekend have confirmed fears that there
    has been a huge jump in radiation in the sea near the facility.

    The number of people who are confirmed to have died in the earthquake and
    tsunami has risen to over 10-thousand … with at least 16-thousand-500
    reported missing.

    germany
    Germany’s anti-nuclear Greens scored a remarkable victory on Sunday over
    chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party in a state election that turned
    into a referendum on nuclear power.

    Most Germans are opposed to nuclear power, especially in the wake of the
    disaster in Japan, as they consider it unsafe.

    The Greens won 24.2 percent of the vote, with the center-left Social
    Democrats down 2 percentage points at 23.1 percent.

    That secures the Greens a narrow lead to form a coalition government with a
    combined 71 seats in the state legislature.

    The disaster in Japan triggered Merkel’s government last week to order a
    temporary shutdown of seven of the country’s older reactors for thorough
    safety investigations.

    The opposition wants to abolish the use of nuclear power for good by 2020.

    Germany currently gets about a quarter of its energy from nuclear power, but
    plans to eventually replace it with renewable energies.

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