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EZ News 05/27/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 134-points this morning from Friday's close, at 21,699 on turnover of 6.9-billion N-T. The market recovered most of its early losses on Friday to close well above the five-day moving average of around 21,450 points by the end of the trading day. Although large cap semiconductor stocks came under pressure, artificial intelligence-related stocks attracted strong buying after Nvidia's strong results overnight, while shipping stocks also rose amid increasing freight (貨運) rates. US Lawmakers Arrive in Taiwan A group of bipartisan American lawmakers has arrived in Taipei. The delegation is being led by Republican Michael McCaul who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The American Institute in Taiwan says the delegation will meet with senior government officials to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, and other significant (重要的) issues of mutual interest. According to A-I-T, their four-day visit to Taiwan is part of a trip to the wider Indo-Pacific region. The six House members will be the first group of serving U-S officials to meet with President Lai Ching-te following his inauguration. Taiwan Delegation in Geneva for WHA Sideline Talks A delegation led by Health Minister Chiu Tai-yuan has arrived in Geneva as part of efforts to promote Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly. Speaking to reporters at the opening of a "World Health We Share" exhibition at Geneva Airport train station, Chiu said "health is a fundamental (基本的) human right and a universal value, but Taiwan is denied participation due to political interference." The minister went on to say "this is deeply disappointing" and "although Taiwan was not invited to the W-H-A, the island has strong soft power in the medical and health fields." The "World Health We Share" exhibition has been organized by a Taiwanese civic promotional team to promote Taiwan's healthcare. Japan Informed by NKorea of Planned Satellite Launch Japan says North Korea has informed it of a plan to launch a satellite by June 3rd. Japan’s coast guard says today it has been notified by North Korea about its planned launch of a “satellite rocket" beginning today through midnight June 3rd. The launch plan likely refers to the North’s efforts to launch its second military spy satellite into space. South Korea’s military said Friday that it detected signs of North Korea engaging in (從事於; 忙於) activities believed to be preparations to launch a spy satellite at its main Tongchangri launch facility. Tonga Earthquake Causes No Tsunami or Major Damage A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific Island nation of Tonga but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary (初步的) magnitude of 6.6 when it hit at 9:47 a.m. local time today. Its epicenter was 198 kilometers north of the Tonga's capital, at a depth of 112 kilometers. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of the quake causing a tsunami. Nikki Minaj Arrested B4 UK Concert Nicki Minaj's England concert was postponed (延遲) after rapper was detained by Dutch authorities over pot AP correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/27/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 05/24/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 165-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,442 on turnover of $6.6-billion N-T. The market closed higher once again on Thursday - as investor sentiment in the local tech sector was buoyed (受到鼓舞) by news about soaring Nvidia earnings - after the company released its latest quarterly results overnight. Draft of AI Governing Law to be Finalized this Year National Science and Technology Council head Wu Cheng-wen says his office is scheduled to draw-up a draft of the law governing the use of A-I and send it to the Cabinet by the end of this year. Speaking at a legislative committee hearing, Wu said the draft law will aim to ensure (確保) user privacy, human rights and security .. and will also seek to help the development of Taiwan's industries. Wu told lawmakers that the main concept behind Taiwan's A-I basic law will be more aligned (對齊,與…保持一致) with those released by United States and Japan - which have a more open attitude to AI use .. … rather than that of the European Union, which is more conservative and discreet. The National Science and Technology Council head also said the law will be drafted to restrict A-I to being used for good, protecting user privacy, human rights and security. Germany Police Clear ProPalestine Student Protesters German police have cleared about 150 pro-Palestinian demonstrators from a Berlin university facility, ending one of a wave of student-led protests across Europe over Israel’s conduct of its war against Hamas. Activists had occupied several rooms of the Humboldt University’s Institute for Social Sciences in downtown Berlin on Wednesday. University administrators agreed to let them stay until Thursday evening, but called in the police when some refused to leave. Police briefly detained 130 people during the operation, in which officers broke through several barricaded (堵住…) doors. Unicef warns Haiti's healthcare system may collapse The UN's Children's Fund warns that Haiti's health system is now "on the verge of collapse". It says there has been an "alarming decrease" in the number of hospitals still functioning (運作) in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation. Jody Jacobs has more from the United Nations in New York. Pakistan: UAE Comits to 10Billion Investment The Pakistani government says that the United Arab Emirates has committed to investing up to $10 billion in Pakistan during a meeting in the UAE capital between that country’s president and the Pakistani prime minister. The office of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says that UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan made the commitment (承諾) during a meeting in Abu Dhabi with Sharif, who is visiting the UAE. It provided few details. The statement said Sharif told the UAE president about measures the Pakistani government is taking to encourage foreign investment, and that the UAE president committed to investing $10 billion in various sectors in Pakistan. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/24/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 05/23/24

E*Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 117 points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,668 Thursday on turnover of 8.9 billion NT. The Tai-Ex closed at a new high on Wednesday, gaining more than 300 points as investors scrambled (爭相買) to pick up Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and other artificial intelligence-related stocks. The rise in investor interest in heavyweight tech stocks came ahead of Nvidia's release of its first quarterly earnings report. _____________________________________ E*MODA to Set U- A-I Industrial Parks  Digital Affairs Minister (數位發展部部長) Huang Yen-nan says the government is planning to set up two artificial intelligence industrial parks (人工智慧產業園區) to capitalize (資本) on Taiwan's strength in the information and communications sectors (資訊和通信領域). According to Huang, the parks will be jointly established (共同設立) by the Ministry of Digital Affairs and National Development Council and are aimed at attracting A-I startups from around the world. It's hoped that the parks will help Taiwan establish a comprehensive software and hardware cluster (軟硬體集群). And Huang says the parks are part of his ministry's strategy to take advantage of the global A-I boom (全球人工智慧熱潮) to drive digital economic growth and push the local digital economy's output value above 1-trillion N-T within two years. Huang is an expert in data security, communications, and A-I development. _____________________________________ E*Unemployment Rate Dips to Lowest April in 24 Years  The island's unemployment rate (失業率) dipped to the lowest ever for the month of April in 24 years. Data shows the rate fell zero-point-zero-two percentage points from a month earlier to stand at 3.36-per cent in April. Along with that being the lowest April level since 2000 it also marked the second consecutive month-on-month decline. After seasonal adjustments (經過季節性調整後), April's jobless rate fell zero-point-zero-one percentage points from March to stand at 3.39-per cent. In the first four months of this year, the unemployment rate has fallen 0.16 percentage points from a year earlier to 3.36-per cent. The government is attributing (歸因於) the decline in the April jobless rate to the economy continuing to improve on the back of solid post COVID consumption (疫後消費支撐). _____________________________________ E*United Kingdom General Election on July 4th In global news, The United Kingdom will hold its first election in five years. The country is reeling (發蒙) from the cost-of-living crisis (生活成本危機), the fallout (餘波) from Israel-Hamas conflict and deep divisions over how to deal with migrants and asylum seekers (移民和尋求庇護者) crossing the English Channel from Europe on small inflatable boats. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced that the election will be held on July 4th. The timing was earlier than analysts expected. Sunak, a former Treasury chief who has been prime minister since October of 2022, is expected to lead his party into the election. His primary opponent will be Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions in England and leader of the Labour Party since April 2020. _____________________________________ E*Iran's Supreme Leader Presides Over Funeral for President After Helicopter Crash Iran's supreme leader presided over (主持) funeral ceremonies (葬禮儀式) for the president and others killed in the recent helicopter crash. Here's AP correspondent Charles de Ledesma. _____________________________________ E*New Study Says Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the US And, A study shows daily marijuana (大麻) use in the U-S is outpacing (超過) daily drinking. AP correspondent Haya Panjwani reports.
5/23/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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EZ News 05/22/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,248 on turnover of 2.7-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Tuesday - as financial and old economy stocks led a downturn. This comes after President Lai Ching-te's inaugural address on Monday failed to offer any surprises to boost market sentiment. Analysts say the bellwether electronics sector remained resilient (有彈性的) through much of the trading day. This stabilized the broader market on the back of gains posted by tech stocks on Wall Street overnight. US Urges China to Act with Restraint The United States is urging Beijing to act with restraint and not use Taiwan's transition as a pretext for provocative or coercive (脅迫的) actions. According to a U-S State Department spokesperson, Washington welcomes the comments made by President Lai Ching-te in his inaugural address. In the speech, Lai voiced his commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and to maintain the status quo. The spokesperson says the inauguration was part of a normal, routine democratic process. The spokesperson says if Beijing chooses to escalate tensions or pressure Taiwan as a result, it "should be seen as the provocateur (挑釁者)." The spokesperson also stressed that U-S policy toward Taiwan has not changed and it continues not to support Taiwan independence. Taiwan and Paraguay Sign MOU to Build E-Bus Plant Master Transportation Bus Manufacturing has announced that it will invest 30-million U-S dollars to build an electric bus manufacturing and assembly plant (組裝廠) in Paraguay. The statement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Taipei between the company and the Paraguayan government. According Master Transportation Chairman Wu Ding-fa, the project's goal is to "enhance the development of public transportation in Paraguay". When completed, the plant will create an estimated 2,600 local jobs. Under the M-O-U, the bus manufacturer will establish the first fast-charging bus chassis and body manufacturing plant in Paraguay. And the manufacturer will assist in bringing a Taiwan-developed intelligent transportation system to the South American country. US Navy ExOfficers Bribery Convictions Dismissed A federal judge has dismissed the felony convictions of five retired military officers who had admitted to (承認) accepting bribes from a Malaysian contractor Leonard Francis, nicknamed “Fat Leonard. AP’s Lisa Dwyer reports. Thailand Welcomes Back Trafficked Statues Thailand's National Museum has welcomed back two ancient statues illegally trafficked (非法買賣) from Thailand by a British collector of antiquities. The statues were returned from the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The objects — a tall bronze figure called the Standing Shiva and a smaller sculpture called Kneeling Female — are thought to be around 1,000 years old. The Metropolitan Museum had announced last year that it would return more than a dozen artifacts to Thailand and Cambodia after they were linked to the late Douglas Latchford. The art dealer and collector was accused of running a huge antiquities trafficking network out of Southeast Asia. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/22/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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EZ News 05/21/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 32-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,239 on turnover of 3.8-billion N-T. The market closed slightly higher on Monday as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing reversed earlier losses to push the broader market back into positive territory. Analysts say although the bellwether electronics sector was mixed during the trading day, buying rotated to financial heavyweights and select old economy stocks to provide further support to the broader market. MAC Calls on Beijing to be Receptive to Lai's Overture The Mainland Affairs Council is urging Beijing to be receptive (樂於接受,願意傾聽) to President Lai Ching-te's inclusion of calls for engagements between the two sides in his inaugural speech. According to the council, Lai extended "the greatest goodwill gesture" in the address by calling for engagements to ensure mutual benefit and joint prosperity. It's calling on China to respond to that overture positively and meet the expectations of the people from both sides of the strait and the international community. The statement comes after Beijing slammed Lai's inaugural address - describing it as an attempt to promote Taiwanese independence. Two Haneded Suspended Sentences in Chinese Recruiting Case The Hsinchu District Court has handed down suspended sentences to two men found guilty of illegally recruiting (吸收) personnel for a Chinese high-tech company in Taiwan. One of the men received a prison term of six months, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay 360,000 N-T. While the other man was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay 200,000 N-T. The court found the two guilty of violating (違反) the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. The sentences for both men can be appealed. SKorea UK to Kick Off AI Summit South Korea and the United Kingdom are kicking off a global summit on Artificial Intelligence as governments struggle to keep up with the evolution of the technology. The two countries are co-hosting the talks which look to tackle (對付,處理) a growing number of risks as AI rapidly advances. Chris Gilbert reports. Haiti Main Airport Reopens Haiti’s main international airport has reopened for the first time in nearly three months after gang violence forced authorities to close it to all traffic in early March. Monday’s reopening of the airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince is expected to help ease a critical shortage (嚴重短缺) of medications and other basic supplies since the country’s main seaport remains paralyzed. However, only a local carrier is flying in and out of Port-au-Prince for now. US-based airlines are not expected to start doing so until late May or early June. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB
5/21/20245 minutes, 34 seconds
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EZ News 05/20/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 19-points this morning from Friday's close, at 21,278 on turnover of 5.5-billion N-T. The market closed slightly lower on Friday as selling focused on the bellwether electronics sector following losses by tech stocks on Wall Street overnight on the back of profit taking. Buying rotated to (輪換) the non-tech sector, with large cap financial stocks were in focus as government-led funds are believed to have picked up these stocks to stabilize the main board ahead of today's presidential inauguration Lai Pledges to Continue on "Democratic Path" President Lai Ching-te and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim have been sworn-in to their new leadership roles at an ceremony at the President Building in Taipei. The swearing-in ceremony took place at 9:15. Lai and Hsiao have also met with foreign dignitaries and the vice president is currently presiding over the handover ceremony of the new secretary-generals of the National Security Council and the Presidential Office. Lai is slated to give his inaugural address at in the coming hour - which takes the theme of "Building a Democratic, Peaceful and Prosperous Taiwan." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 508 guests from 51 delegations are attending today's inauguration ceremony and other related events. According to the ministry, eight of the delegations are being led by heads of state. European countries that have sent delegations include the U-K, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Ukraine as well as the European Parliament. Several American delegations are attending today's events. They include one by led American Institute in Taiwan chair Laura Rosenberger; one comprising (包括) of former U-S deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage and former assistant to the U-S president and director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese .. .. and a delegation led by former U-S secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Meanwhile, The state banquet for the presidential inauguration wil be taking place at the Formosa Yacht Resort in Tainan this evening. Organizers say it will feature eight dishes prepared by 70 chefs and focus on showcasing Taiwan's culinary expertise (專業知識) and heritage. The eight courses incorporate ingredients from all 22 cities and counties in Taiwan and were inspired by the country's five major ethnic groups - the Minnan, Hakka, Han, Indigenous, and new immigrant. It is the first time the inauguration banquet will be held outside of Taipei. Hungary Boat Collision Leaves Dead and Missing Two are dead and 5 remain missing after a boat collision (碰撞) on the Danube River in Hungary AP correspondent Karen Chammas Paris Harry Winston Robbed French prosecutors say armed robbers who used a motorbike as a battering ram (破門錘) made off with “several million" dollars' worth of valuables in a heist of the luxury Paris boutique of Harry Winston. Having refused Saturday to confirm that Harry Winston was the target, the Paris prosecutor’s office did so on Sunday. It said the store on the Avenue Montaigne was robbed by a gang of at least three people. It said they “forced entry to the jewelry store using a two-wheeler" and stole jewelry from several windows, while one of them kept watch with a long-barreled firearm. Officials say the damage is under assessment (評估), and estimated to be several million euros. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢!中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」,小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度!詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/20/20246 minutes, 24 seconds
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EZ News 05/17/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 42-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,346 on turnover of $6.6 -billion N-T. NT$10 million worth of contraband cigarettes seized by Taiwan's coast guard The Coast Guard Administration says patrols have seized a cache of contraband cigarettes worth nearly $10-million NT. Officials say the 164-thousand packs were found in a hidden compartment (隔層) on a fishing vessel during an inspection Wednesday evening. The compartment was detected after officers noted a machine placed in an unusual position, and used a handheld x-ray machine and a detection dog to uncover the stored contraband. The 66-year-old captain and five Vietnamese crew members were referred to the Keelung District Prosecutors Office for investigation. Taiwan to serve as 1st guest of honor country at Festival Off Avignon The Ministry of Culture says Taiwan will be the first-ever guest of honor country at the renowned Festival Off Avignon. The festival aims to promote contemporary performing arts, enhance awareness of international emerging (發展初期的) dance and theater troupes, and facilitate international co-productions and touring opportunities. The Avignon Festival & Compagnies and the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris announced at a press conference held on Wednesday local time, that 1,316 teams will participate in the festival in Avignon between July 3rd and July 21st. The co-president of the Avignon festival, said given Taiwan's long-standing close collaboration with the festival and the nation's unique and diverse contemporary art and culture, it was invited to be the guest of honor country -- the first-ever in the festival's history. And the Taiwan Cultural Center said that the selection of Taiwan symbolizes the deep friendship between Taiwan and the Avignon festival. NKorea Kim Sister Denies Weapons Exports to Russia The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has again denied that her country has exported weapons to Russia. Kim Yo Jong labeled outside speculation on North Korea-Russian arms dealings as “the most absurd paradox.” The U.S., South Korea and others have accused North Korea of supplying artillery, missiles and other conventional (傳統的) weapons to Russia for its war in Ukraine in return for advanced military technologies and economic aid. Kim Yo Jong said in a statement today that North Korea had no intention of exporting its military technical capabilities to any country or opening them to the public. Russia also has dismissed that accusation. China Jails Professor for Espionage The family of a Chinese national being held on espionage (間諜行為) charges says he received a jail sentenced from a court in Jilin province. Yuan Keqin was detained in 2019 when he returned to China while holding a post at Japan’s University of Education in Hokkaido. Chris Gilbert reports UN Reports Improved Economic Prospects The United Nations is reporting improved economic prospects since its January forecast for the global economy. According to its mid-2024 report, the world economy is now projected to grow by 2.7% this year. That's up from 2.4% the U.N. forecast in its somber (暗淡的) January report, and 2.8% in 2025. The report notes a better outlook in the United States and several large emerging economies including Brazil, India and Russia. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢!中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」,小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度!詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB
5/17/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 05/16/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 172-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 21,319 on turnover of $7.6-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed at a record high for the third consecutive trading session Wednesday. The bellwether electronics sector led the way in the wake of gains posted by tech stocks on U.S. markets overnight. Analysts say large cap financial stocks also steamed ahead (精力飽滿地全速前進) amid optimism toward their bottom lines. The upturn on the main board was capped as investors took advantage (利用…的機會) of the initial gains. Court Approves Mother's Detention Incommunicado After Death of Children A mother suspected of killing her children will now be held incommunicado while the case is under investigation. The New Taipei District Court held an early morning detention hearing. It ruled that the mother surnamed Su is suspected of committing a serious crime, and is at risk of fleeing or colluding with witnesses. The crime of murder of a child by an adult carries a maximum penalty of over 5 years in prison. The 37-year-old woman is suspected of smothering (使窒息) her children in a New Taipei hotel room, possibly due to the pressure of caring for an ill family member and long-term umemployment. The bodies were delivered to prosecutors Wednesday morning for autopsies to confirm cause of death. (NS) US Presidential Hopefuls to Debate in June US President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump are set to debate (辯論) live on television in June. The hurriedly-arranged plan came after Biden said he wanted to arrange two events hosted by news networks, rather than those organized by the formal Commission. Nick Harper reports from Washington. Yemen Braces for More Electricity Protests Yemeni authorities have deployed security forces and armored vehicles across the port city of Aden, in preparation for the latest in a series of protests over hours-long electricity outages caused by a shortage of fuel for power stations. For several days, hundreds of demonstrators in three central districts of Aden blocked roads and set tires on fire as temperatures soared. On Monday and Tuesday, security forces moved in to disperse (分散) the demonstrations, beating protesters and barricading some streets, according to witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press. The government pays up to $1 billion a year to import fuel, but is behind on payments. Canada Gets Slight Reprieve in Wildfire Fight Canadian officials say favorable (有利的) winds are expected to push an “out of control” wildfire away from Canada’s oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, a day after thousands were evacuated. Wildfire season has started early in Canada this year with several fires burning across the country’s west, forcing residents out of their homes. The fire, which started last week, caused about 6,600 residents to flee parts of the southern end of Fort McMurray. The rest of the city remains on evacuation alert Wednesday and many others self-evacuated though they weren’t ordered to leave. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB
5/16/20246 minutes
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EZ News 05/15/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 1-point this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,984 on turnover of 7.8-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed at a record high and moved closer to the 21,000 point mark Tuesday for the second consecutive session. The bellwether electronics sector continued to steam ahead. But turnover failed to expand. Dealers say this indicates that caution remains over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut interest rates ahead of the release of the April consumer price index today. Taiwan mulls legalization of surrogacy, with high threshold The Ministry of Health is announcing plans to legalize surrogacy under certain criteria. It said amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Act are expected to benefit groups such as infertile heterosexual couples, as well as lesbian and gay couples, should they meet certain requirements. Requirements include at least one individual in the couple being under the age of 50 … … and females involved must have uterine issues, or other health concerns that make a safe pregnancy impossible. Surrogate mothers must possess Taiwanese household registration. They must be 20 to 39 years old, and be physically and mentally healthy. And they must have experience with natural birth. The Ministry adds they must provide the service free of charge, though they're entitled to some allowances. The proposal will be open for public feedback until July 13th. And the amendments could undergo Cabinet review by the end of this year. US Baltimore Collapsed Bridge Salvaging U.S. salvage teams are in the process of moving remains of the collapsed Baltimore bridge from the river. This comes seven weeks after a container ship rammed into it. On Monday, they set up controlled explosions to break the structure into smaller pieces. And the teams plan to pull the ship completely from the waterway. Caroline Malone has more. Thai Activist Dies After Hunger Strike A young Thai activist who went on a hunger strike after being jailed for advocating reform of the country・s monarchy system has died in a prison hospital. Netiporn Sanesangkhom was a member of an activist group. The group was known for campaigns demanding reform of the monarchy and abolition of the law that makes it illegal to defame members of the royal family. She appears to be the first political activist in Thailand to die from a hunger strike. Officials say she suffered cardiac arrest early Tuesday. Other activists decried her death and repeated her call for bail to be granted in cases involving political offenses. Spain Issues Notice After Orca Attack Spanish authorities are recommending small vessels stick to the coastline around the Strait of Gibraltar after an orca rammed a boat that later sank. On Sunday, two people aboard a 15-meter boat in Moroccan waters sought help after an orca knocked the craft several times, damaging its rudder and causing a leak. An oil tanker picked up the sailors and their boat later sank. Government ministries and Spain's merchant marines issued notices Tuesday. They urged sailboats and small motorboats to beware of orcas between May and August in the area between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Gulf of Cadiz. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB
5/15/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 05/14/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 22-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,836 on turnover of $5.2-billion N-T. With the benchmark index closing at a new high Monday, market capitalization on the local main board surpassed the $66 trillion NTmark for the first time, according to the data compiled by the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The data also shows that investors riding the uptrend have earned an average of $740-thousand NT this year. Higher electricity bills coming as summer rates to begin in June The average household in Taiwan is expected to see its electricity bill rise by more than 70 percent a month when the four-month summer-rate period begins in June. TaiPower said households in Taiwan use an average of 413 kilowatt-hours of power per month from June to September, which costs around 1000 NT monthly during that period. While electricity use at other times of the year averages at just 301 kWh per month, costing around 600 NT. That means there’s a 73 percent difference in electricity bills between summer and non-summer months. But TaiPower says only around 100 NT is attributable to the higher summer rate. A TaiPower spokesperson said the summer rates were introduced in 1989, as more power generators are deployed to meet higher consumer demand, increasing the company’s operating costs. UN Staffer Killed in Gaza Another United Nations staff member has been killed in Gaza. The UN worker was killed when the vehicle they were travelling came under fire on Monday in Rafah. Jody Jacobs has more… EU Human Smuggler Arrested One of Europe’s most notorious (惡名昭張的) human smugglers has been arrested in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The regional government’s security agency said it had arrested Barzan Majeed, known as “the Scorpion,” upon a request from Interpol and “after the exchange of intelligence information.” The agency said he had attempted to smuggle 100 migrants to the U.K. in small boats and trucks. The U.K.'s National Crime Agency had issued an appeal (求助,懇求) for assistance in tracking Majeed down in 2022, after he was convicted in absentia in Belgium of people smuggling crimes. Officials say Majeed has been handed over to the regional justice department. Germany Merkel Memoir Released in November The memoirs of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be released in November. The publication will come nearly three years after the end of her 16-year tenure (任期) at Germany's helm (領導地位). Publishers say the 700-page-long memoir will be published on Nov. 26-th. Merkel was a scientist who grew up in communist East Germany and became Germany’s first female chancellor in 2005. She steered Germany through a succession of crises including the global financial crisis, the migrant crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. She was succeeded by current Chancellor Olaf Scholz in December 2021. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB
5/14/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 05/13/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Taiwan donates US$50,000 to flood-hit Brazil Taiwan's government recently donated 50 thousand NT to Brazil to help the country cope (應付) with devastating floods. The floods have wreaked havoc across nearly 90 percent of municipalities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Over 300 thousand homes were damaged, as well as roads, bridges and a hydroelectric plant. Local media reports say the death toll has risen to 126, and 141 are missing. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sao Paulo said the overseas Taiwanese community in Brazil have delivered essential supplies to disaster areas. The office hopes all victims can return to normal life as soon as possible. Brazilian officials said they're very grateful to Taiwan for providing immediate assistance. They say the people of the state will not forget the good deed. Taichung government introduces pet-friendly taxi service The Taichung City government is announcing a pet-friendly taxi service, allowing owners to bring their pets along without any additional charge. It said pet-owning passengers can choose from 16 local service providers listed on the website of the City's Transportation Bureau. And many drivers are pet owners themselves. Transport officials said passengers are required to place their pets in a cage before boarding. They must also ensure taxi cleanliness throughout the journey to avoid incurring (招致、遭受) an additional cleaning fee. They said the taxi fare is metered as a regular yellow cab service. But officials caution that those who choose non-traditional ones with various sizes and functions should pay attention to how they charge. Afghanistan Flash Floods Leave Dead and Missing Flash floods in northern Afghanistan sweep away livelihoods (生計), leaving hundreds dead and missing AP correspodnent Karen Chammas reports on floods in Afghanistan. Russia Putin Proposes Removing Defense Minister Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed removing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu from his post. Putin nominated First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov for the role. The change comes weeks after a Russian deputy defense minister in charge of military construction projects, was jailed pending an investigation and trial on charges of bribery (受賄). In line with Russian law, the entire Russian cabinet resigned on Tuesday when Putin began his fifth presidential term at a Kremlin inauguration. The announcement came as Ukrainian officials say thousands more civilians have fled Russia's renewed ground offensive in Ukraine’s northeast. The attacks have targeted towns and villages with a barrage of artillery and mortar shelling. The intense battles have forced at least one Ukrainian unit to withdraw in the Kharkiv region. This is a loss of more land to Russian forces across less defended settlements in the so-called contested gray zone along the Russian border. Prince Harry Meghan Visit Nigeria Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are visiting Lagos, Nigeria. They are promoting mental health for soldiers and empowering young people. The couple visited a local charity using sports to empower young people. Meghan and Harry later attended a fundraiser for Nigeria’s soldiers wounded in the country’s fight against Islamic extremists and other armed groups in the country’s conflict-battered (連續猛擊) north. The event was related to Harry's Invictus Games, which Nigeria is seeking to host in the future. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/13/20246 minutes, 25 seconds
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EZ News 05/10/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 21-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,582 on turnover of $3-billion N-T. Longer Summers and Stronger Typhoons A national scientific report on climate change is warning that if global warming continues without effective control measures, Taiwan could face seven-month long summers and fewer, but more severe typhoons. According to the Ministry of Environment, without effective efforts to curb (抑制) greenhouse gas emissions that could happen by the end of the century, under the worst-case scenario. The Climate Change Scientific Report 2024 has been published by the National Science and Technology Council. The report says the number of typhoons affecting Taiwan is projected to decrease from four to five a year to three to four a year by mid-century and reach one to two a year by the end of the century. However, is also warns that under the worst greenhouse gas emissions scenario, severe typhoons would intensify, move closer to the west, and pose greater risks to the region. UN: No food or fuel entering Gaza The United Nations says no humanitarian aid or fuel is currently entering the Gaza strip, which could have "catastrophic" consequences (結果) for the people there. In its latest daily update, the world body says there have been ongoing and "significant amounts of bombardment (轟擊)" in eastern Rafah early Thursday "and all through the night". Jody Jacobs reports from the UN headquarters in New York… Japan Proposes Expanding Commercial Whaling to Fin Whales Japan’s Fisheries Agency has proposed expanding commercial whaling to fin whales, a larger species than the three allowed now. The proposal comes five years after Japan resumed commercial whaling along the country’s coast after withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission. The agency decided to propose adding fin whales to the allowable catch list after stock (供應物,) surveys confirmed sufficient recovery of the fin whale population in the North Pacific. It hopes to get the proposal formally approved in mid-June. Japan's chief cabinet secretary says whales are an important food resource and that his government will support sustainable whaling. China Baidu Exec Apologizes for Videos Glorifying Overwork A top public relations executive from Chinese technology firm Baidu has apologized after she made comments that were seen as glorifying a culture of overwork. Baidu’s head of communications Qu Jing implied in the videos that she was not concerned about her employees as she was “not their mom” and said she only cared about results. Many on social media platforms like Weibo criticizing Qu for her lack of empathy (同理、同情). Qu posted an apology Thursday on her private WeChat account, where she “sincerely apologized to all netizens." Qu said her short videos did not represent Baidu’s stance. The videos, which have since be taken down, came at a time when many young people in China are pushing back against a culture of competition and grueling (使人精疲力盡的) hours in the workplace. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/3y7SoFB -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/10/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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EZ News 05/09/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally lower this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,710 on turnover of 3.2-billion N-T. The market closed slightly higher on Wednesday. It consolidated following a lackluster (缺乏生氣的) performance on Wall Street overnight. It opened down and continued to lose ground until buying emerged toward the end of the session. The buying was led by large cap tech stocks, and pushed the main board into positive territory at the closing bell. KMT Lawmaker Denies Government Claims of Leaking Confidential Documents K-M-T lawmaker Hsu Chiao-hsin is denying charges by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that she leaked confidential documents related to an agreement between Taiwan and the Czech Republic concerning aid to Ukraine. According to Hsu, information about the 10-million U-S dollar healthcare project had been reported in a newsletter published the Czech Republic's foreign ministry in March. The statement comes after the foreign ministry earlier this week submitted a report to the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office. The report accused (指控) Hsu of violating the Criminal Code by leaking, what it claims to be "confidential information." CDC to Fully Lift Face Mask Mandates The Centers for Disease Control is lifting its face mask mandate (命令,指令) for people visiting medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics and senior nursing homes. The move means people will no longer be required to wear face masks from May 19. It is the final face mask mandate to have been lifted. Once the mandate has been lifted, the C-D-C will only "recommend" that individuals visiting medical or elderly welfare facilities wear a face mask. The mandate on wearing face masks in medical facilities and nursing homes has been in place since December 1, 2020. Biden Threatens to Withdraw Israel Arms Shipments US President Joe Biden says that if Israel launches an all-out assault on Rafah in the Gaza Strip, he will withhold further weapons supplies from Benjamin Netanyahu's government. He made the threat (威脅) hours after America's defense secretary confirmed that one weapons shipment has already been held back. The official said the delay was due to the crisis unfolding in the Palestinian territory. Our US Correspondent Simon Marks reports. HK Court Grants Request to Ban Protest Song An appeals court has granted the Hong Kong government’s request to ban a protest song. "Glory to Hong Kong” was often sung by demonstrators during the huge anti-government protests in 2019. It was the first time a song has been banned in the city since Britain handed the territory back to Chinese rule in 1997. The ban would target anyone who broadcast (播放) or distributed the song to advocate (提倡) for the separation of Hong Kong from China. The song can still be played if it is for lawful journalistic and academic activities. Failure to comply with the court order may be considered as contempt of court and could be liable for a fine or imprisonment. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy -- 迎接十年一遇的存債良機,富養自己不是夢! 中信優息投資級債【00948B】,甜甜價10元入手,還有「平準金」及「月配息」, 小資也能輕鬆跟隊。【00948B】投資就是發! 5/22-5/28飛躍募集,一同「債」現王者新高度! 詳細資訊請見:https://bit.ly/3y7XL7A
5/9/20246 minutes
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EZ News 05/08/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 49-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,604 on turnover of 4.5-billion N-T. The market gained ground once again on Tuesday. Investors were interested in large cap tech stocks after Wall Street moved higher overnight. Investor sentiment improved on hopes about a possible rate cut cycle by the U-S Federal Reserve. That would follow the release of weaker than expected American job data for April. KMT Seeking LY State of the Nation Address The K-M-T is seeking to invite president-elect Lai Ching-te to make what would be Taiwan's first state of the nation address at the Legislative Yuan following his May 20 inauguration. According to K-M-T caucus secretary-general Hong Meng-kai, Lai needs to explain and clarify his planned policies with lawmakers. Hong sasy the proposal for Lai to address lawmakers adheres to Article 15-2 of the Act on Exercising Legislative Yuan Powers. The Taiwan People's Party has also submitted (已提交) a similar proposal. The K-M-T caucus secretary-general says the matter will now added to Friday's legislative agenda. Thailand to Extend Visa Waiver for ROC Passport Holders Thailand will extend its visa waiver program for R-O-C passport holders to six months. Thailand first announced a visa waiver for Taiwanese travelers in November of last year. That program was slated to ends on May 10. The program has now been extend starting from May 11 to November 11. Under the visa waiver program, R-O-C passport holders traveling to Thailand for tourism purposes are granted a visa-free stay of up to 30 days. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this is evidence that the Tsai administration's New Southbound Policy has paid off (得到好結果). US Holds Up Arms to Israel The United States is holding up arms shipments to Israel. Officials claim (宣稱) the move is intended to send a political message to its Middle East ally. With the details, Benji Hyer. UK Military Personal Information Breach British officials say the names and bank details of thousands of serving British soldiers, sailors and air force members have been exposed in a data breach (違反) at a payroll system. The defense secretary says state involvement cannot be ruled out. He didn't comment on British media reports that Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out the cyberattack. The breach occurred at a third-party payroll system. The system describes itself as “the largest provider of critical business support services for government.” The system holds bank details of as many as 272-thousand serving armed forces personnel and recent veterans. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy -- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了! 中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3xMsIhf
5/8/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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EZ News 05/07/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 111-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,634 on turnover of 5.1-billion N-T. The market rose nearly 200 points on Monday to close above the 20,500-point mark - as buying was sparked by Wall Street's solid performance at the end of last week amid renewed hopes over a rate cut cycle by the U-S Federal Reserve. Artificial intelligence development-related stocks attracted strong investor interest and led the local main board higher, while the financial sector also posted strong gains throughout the session. MOFA defends deal to provide Ukraine aid via Czech NGO The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is denying allegations that it misused taxpayer money in a partnership with the Czech Republic to provide assistance (協助) to Ukraine. According to ministry spokesman Jeff Liu, his office plans to pursue legal action against K-M-T lawmaker Hsu Chiao-hsin for releasing secret details of an agreement between Taiwan signed with the Czech Republic last December. The statement comes after Hsu released details of the agreement in a Facebook post -which she defended that by saying she released the information due to Foreign Minister Joseph Wu's failure to properly respond to her concerns during a legislative hearing. Circular Line Repair Costs Surpass NT$400Million And, The New Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems says current estimates show that the cost of repairing sections of the Circular Line's elevated track damaged during the April 3 earthquake stand at over 400-million N-T. According to the metro operator, the funds will be initially covered by the New Taipei City Government. The earthquake damage the disc bearings of the connecting beams between the Banxin and Qiaohe stations, resulting in the displacement (移位) of steel box beams at 11 spots and severe twisting to some sections of track. The New Taipei City Government has said it could take over a year to fully repair the damaged sections of track. US Soldier Detained in Russia US lawmakers say they're "deeply concerned" after an American soldier was detained in Russia. An army spokesperson confirmed on Monday that the man — who's unnamed — was apprehended (被捕) last week in the far east of the country "on charges of criminal misconduct." Benji Hyer reports. Spain Lost Caravaggio to be Exhibited Spain’s Prado Museum has confirmed that a painting that was due to be auctioned in Madrid in 2021 is in fact a work by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio that was considered (認為) lost. It will be unveiled to the public for the first time in the museum later this month. The Prado said in a statement on Monday the work titled “Ecce Homo” will go on display from May 27-th until October as a special one-piece exhibition following an agreement with its owner, who has not been identified. It said that since its reappearance at an auction three years ago, Ecce Homo has represented one of the greatest discoveries in the history of art. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy
5/7/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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EZ News 05/06/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 149-points this morning from Friday's close, at 20,479 on turnover of 5.7-billion N-T. The market closed-up on Friday after Wall Street gained ground overnight. The market cut its losses for the week as big U-S companies reported solid earnings for the first quarter. Investors awaited a key report on America's jobs market. Paraguay's President Talks Increasing Ties with Taiwan Paraguay's President Santiago Pena says he's seeking to boost cooperation with Taiwan. Speaking to reporters in Japan following a meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Pena said his country has enjoyed a long diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. He says he plans to continue to promote a wide-ranging cooperative partnership. Pena and Kishida also expressed their opposition to any unilateral changes to the cross-strait "status quo" using force . They said "attempts to change the status quo by force will not be tolerated (容忍)." KMT Chairman Responds to Russia Envoy Invite K-M-T Chairman Eric Chu says his party will take action to handle fallout from an invitation that was extended to Russia's top envoy to Taiwan to attend an international banquet last month. The statement comes after reports surfaced that the the K-M-T was forces to cancel the invitation sent to Russia's representatives. Envoys from the U-S and European offices threatened to boycott the event. According to the K-M-T chairman, the invitation was sent out on the basis of (的基礎、根據) "good diplomacy." Chu says the party has regular contact with all the representative offices and embassies in Taiwan. UN Declares Northern Gaza "Full Blown Famine" A UN official says northern Gaza is going through "full blown famine". But Israel is vowing to conduct (執行) a military operation in the 'very near future'. AP correspondent Karen Chammas reports… Brazil Flooding Leaves Dead and Missing Authorities say massive floods in Brazil’s southern Rio Grande do Sul state have killed at least 75 people over the last seven days. Another 103 are reported missing. Damage from the rains has forced more than 80,000 people from their homes. Some are taking refuge (避難) in schools, gyms, and other temporary shelters. Landslides, flooded roads and collapsed bridges have left devastation (破壞) in the state. Operators reported electricity and communications cuts. The government says more than 800,000 people are without water supply. Bernard Hill Obit Actor Bernard Hill who starred in “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has died. Hill's agent says he died Sunday at age 79. Hill delivered a rousing (激動人心的) cry before leading his people into battle in “The Return of the King.”. The film was the third in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise that won 11 Oscars. He went down with the ship as the captain in “Titanic,” which also won 11 Academy Awards. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy
5/6/20246 minutes, 2 seconds
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EZ News 05/03/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 159-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,382 on turnover of $4.99-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex fell sharply on Thursday, led by the bellwether electronics sector, following a sell-off triggered by heavy losses suffered by tech stocks on Wall Street overnight. Investor sentiment also turned cautious amid concerns the U-S Federal Reserve will continue to delay the timing of a rate cut cycle due to stubborn inflation. Delegation Heading to Geneva Deputy Legislative Speaker Johnny Chiang says he'll be lead a delegation of lawmakers and officials from the Ministry of Health to Geneva later this month to push for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Organization. According to Chiang, the delegation plans to hold meetings on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly to let "let the world know that Taiwan's bid to join the global health body is a consensus (共識) among all Taiwanese, regardless of political affiliation." Speaking to reporters, Chiang argued that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 does not affect the international legal status of the R-O-C, and Taiwan should have the right to participate in the U-N and its affiliated bodies. The Deputy Legislative Speaker also stressed his full support for Taiwan's efforts to seek meaningfully participate in U-N specialized agencies - saying he believes Taiwan should have active participation within the international community. US Biden Calls for Order on Campuses US President Joe Biden says "order must prevail" on college campuses, as unrest engulfs (席卷) universities across the United States. Police have arrested more than 1000 people after pro-Palestinian protests and Gaza solidarity (團結) encampments took hold at major schools nationwide, with students and staff demanding a boycott of companies or individuals with ties to Israel. Benji Hyer reports. Japan Unveils Intl Framework for AI Use Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has unveiled an international framework for regulation and use of generative AI. Kishida says some 49 countries and regions have signed up to the voluntary framework, called the Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group. He says they will work on implementing principles and code of conduct to address the risks of generative AI and “promote cooperation to ensure that people all over the world can benefit from the use of safe, secure, and trustworthy AI”. When Japan chaired the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations last year, it launched a Hiroshima AI process to draw up international guiding principles and a code of conduct for AI developers. The voluntary framework is aimed at helping to implement (實施) the principles and code of conduct to address the risks of generative AI. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 🎁 感恩媽咪!來施舒雅美容世界挑禮物就對了🔥獻上日本上質美容SPA體驗💯,逾60年專業保養經驗,同步日本安心手技按摩,感受身心放鬆紓壓,擁抱療癒與美麗♥️一起成為最幸福的女人😍 新朋友享5折優惠 https://bit.ly/49O39tE 預約美好時刻 0800-049-888 -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy
5/3/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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EZ News 2024/05/02

【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了! 中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3xMsIhf -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Economics Minister Defends Electricity Rate Hike Travelers Cautioned on China Travel May Day Protests Worldwide UCLA Cites Outside Instigators for Police Action Police and Protesters Clash in Georgia
5/2/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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EZ News 04/30/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,508 on turnover of 4.6-billion N-T. The market closed sharply higher on Monday. Investor interest in the bellwether electronics sector spiked following rallies in U-S tech stocks on Wall Street at the end of last week. The upturn was also driven by the financial sector. Investors rushed to pick up finance heavyweights due to their general dividend payout plans. Government Seeking to Boost Agricultural Exports to US Deputy trade representative Jenni Yang says she will be pushing for more Taiwanese agricultural products to be exported to the United States during this week's trade talks in Taipei. The talks are taking place under the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade and began on Monday. Yang is leading Taiwan's delegation. The U-S side is headed by Assistant United States Trade Representative for China, Mongolia and Taiwan Affairs, Terry McCartin. According to Yang, the latest round of negotiations is focusing on issues concerning labor, environmental protection and agriculture (農業). Five Indicted over Taipei Building Partial Collapse And, The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office has indicted five people in connection with an investigation into the partial collapse of a residential building in Taipei's Dazhi District last year. The five include the head of the construction project responsible for the incident. The case stems from September 7, 2023. Underground excavation (挖掘) work at a Kee Tai Properties construction site caused a neighboring building to sink into the ground and six others to lean to one side. The incident resulted in hundreds of people from different households being evacuated and temporarily re-housed. US pressures for ceasefire In international news, The United States is stepping up pressure for a cease-fire deal in Gaza. Hamas officials are in Egypt to discuss the new proposal (提議). Sagher Meghani reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > UN Call for Sudan Arms Sale to Stop The United States is urging all countries supplying weapons to Sudan's warring parties to halt arms sales .. …. warning that history in the vast western Darfur region where there was a genocide 20 years ago "is repeating itself." U-S Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says the only capital in Darfur not held by paramilitary forces, is "on the precipice of a large-scale massacre." Sudan plunged into chaos in mid-April 2023. Long-simmering tensions between its military and the R-S-F paramilitary group broke out into street battles in the capital, Khartoum. Fighting has since spread to other parts of the country, especially urban areas and the Darfur region. Britain's Duchess of Edinburgh Visits Ukraine Britain's Duchess of Edinburgh has become the first member of the Royal Family to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion. She went on a one-day visit, on behalf of the Foreign Office, to "demonstrate solidarity with the women, men and children impacted by the war". The duchess paid her respects to those who had lost their lives in the town of Bucha during the Russian occupation. There was also a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. Britain's Royal Family has been unusually outspoken (直言不諱) in its support of Ukraine. King Charles marked the second anniversary of the invasion in February by warning of the "indescribable (無法形容) aggression" and the "unprovoked attack" by Russia. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/30/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 04/29/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 115-points this morning from Friday's close, at 20,235 on turnover of 6.5-billion N-T. The market moved sharply higher on Friday on buying in the bellwether electronics sector. The buying was fueled by a rally among semiconductor stocks on Wall Street overnight. Tsai Admin. Can's Accept China's Eased Rules on Travel to Matsu The government is urging Beijing to resume bilateral exchanges "without preconditions." The call comes after Chinese authorities said that tourists will once again be allowed to travel from Fujian Province to Matsu. The eased travel restrictions were announced following a meeting in Beijing between China's deputy minister of culture and tourism and a legislative delegation. The delegation was led by K-M-T caucus whip Fu Kun-chi as part of their three-day trip to China. According to Interior Minister, Lin You-chang, "equitable exchanges" between the two sides are a "shared expectation and consensus (共識)" among the Taiwanese people. The official says such exchanges should occur without preconditions or any type of political considerations. Food Poisoning Cases from Kaohsiung Buffet rise to 46 Fourty-six people have now sought medical attention for suspected food poisoning symptoms after dining at an upscale buffet restaurant in Kaohsiung. The department says has sent food safety inspectors to the Hi-Lai Harbour restaurant branch at Kaohsiung Arena. This is after being notified (通知) of the incident by a hospital where one of the diners was being treated. Health inspectors collected 20 samples of food items and from its kitchen, including salads, oysters and sashimi. They found signs of cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods. All of the samples are still being tested. US Arrests on Campuses as Protesters Demand Israel Ties be Cut From the US, arrests roil campuses nationwide ahead of graduation, as protesters demand Israel ties be cut. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports Australia PM says Violence Towards Women National Crisis Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described domestic violence as a national crisis. Thousands rallied in cities around Australia on Sunday to draw attention to the deaths of 27 women so far this year allegedly caused by acts of gender-based violence. Albanese says today the rallies were a call to action for all levels of the Australian government to do more to prevent gender-based violence. The prime minister says he will host a meeting or Australian state and territory leaders on Wednesday to discuss a coordinated (協調的) response. Prince Harry Meghan to Visit Nigeria for Invictus Games Talks Nigerian defense officials say Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will visit the West African nation in May for talks about the Invictus Games. Harry founded the games to aid the rehabilitation (復原) of servicemembers and veterans. The Duke of Sussex is expected to make the trip after a service at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral to mark the 10th anniversary of the games. The Invictus Games were founded by Harry in 2014. The event offers servicemembers and veterans the challenge of competing (競爭) in sports events similar to the Paralympics. Harry served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter copilot gunner in 2012-2013. He has championed veterans in need of assistance. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/29/20246 minutes, 16 seconds
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EZ News 04/26/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 237-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,094 on turnover of $6.4--billion N-T. The Tai-Ex lost ground on Thursday, as other regional closed mixed. Investors awaited the release of a flood of global earnings reports, including updates from leading U-S tech companies. Government Platform Touts 60-80% Reduction in Statutory Animal Testing The National Science and Technology Council says statutory animal testing could be significantly reduced if alternative testing introduced in regulations is more widely adopted. According to council head Wu Zheng-chong, the amount of animal testing could be cut by an average of 60 to 80-per cent. Wu says he believes using a large number of animals for testing is a matter of concern for many people. He says as a developed country, Taiwan has a responsibility to replace, reduce and refine animal testing. And he also says to achieve that objective, the government established the Inter-ministerial Platform for Alternative Technology of Animal Testing in October 2022. The platform aims to improve related regulations, cultivate talent in the field, and facilitate the development of relevant (相關的) technologies. The National Laboratory Animal Center says 102 alternatives to animal testing have so far been introduced for pesticides, chemicals and cosmetics. Ukraine Moves to Reverse Soldier Drain Ukraine is seeking to reverse the drain of potential soldiers from the country. It has announced that men of conscription age will no longer be able to renew (更新) their passports from outside the country. Ukraine is working to get much-needed new supplies of weapons and ammunition from a huge U.S. aid package to the front line. Millions of Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022. Poland's defense minister said Warsaw was ready to help ensure “those who are subject to compulsory military service go to Ukraine". But he did not specify how. US New Rules for Coal Power Plants Many of the US's fossil fuel plants could close after sweeping (廣泛的) new rules to limit pollution from power stations issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Biden Administration says the new regulations will significantly reduce pollution. It could also bring hundreds of billions of dollars in climate and public health benefits. Kate Fisher reports from Washington Congo Questions Apple on BloodMinerals Congo’s government is questioning Apple about the tech company’s knowledge of “blood minerals” from a conflict zone in the African country. A group of international lawyers representing Congo said Thursday it sent letters to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and its French subsidiary this week. They raised concerns about human rights violations involving the minerals extracted (提取的) from mines in the country’s east. They say those minerals might end up being used in the company’s products. They included a list of questions challenging Apple to show how it monitors its supply chains in a troubled region where more than 100 armed rebel groups operate. It's demanding answers within three weeks. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/26/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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EZ News 04/25/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 128-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,003 on turnover of 4.6-billion N-T. The market moved sharply higher on Wednesday to close above the 20,000-point mark on the back of a rally on Wall Street overnight. The bellwether electronics sector led the day's gains. The sector mirrored tech stocks' strong performance on Wall Street. The market was boosted by hopes the the U-S Federal Reserve will cut interest rates after new data showed a slowdown in American manufacturing activity. No WHA Invite, but Incoming Health Minister Likely to Travel to Geneva Outgoing Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan says he has not received an invitation to attend this year's World Health Assembly. But he says the issue will be handled by the new Cabinet. According to Hsueh, he believes his successor, Chiu Tai-yuan will head a delegation to Geneva and hold meetings on the sideline of the event, if Taiwan fails to secure (獲得) observer status. The 77th World Health Assembly will be taking place from May 27 through June 1 and is being held under the theme of "All for Health, Health for All" this year. New Taipei Ward Chief Indicted for Subsidized China Trip The New Taipei District Prosecutors' Office has indicted a Yonghe District ward chief and his aunt on charges of taking other ward chiefs on a subsidized trip to China. According to prosecutors, Hsu Cheng-kai and his aunt were commissioned by the Taiwan Affairs Office in Kunshan City last year to invite 12 ward chiefs to China. Prosecutors says ward chiefs' expenses (花費) were fully covered. Their relatives only had to pay for the airfare. The ward chiefs and their family members were taken on all expenses paid trips to Kunshan City, Changshu City, Wuxi City, and several other locations in November of last year. Russia Vetos UN Resolution Against Nuclear Arms Space Race Russia has vetoed a U.N. resolution calling on all nations to prevent a dangerous nuclear arms race in outer space. The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13 in favor, Russia opposed and China abstaining. The resolution was sponsored by the United States and Japan It would have called on all countries not to develop or deploy nuclear arms or other weapons of mass destruction in space. Such actions are banned under a 1967 international treaty that included the U.S. and Russia. Under the treaty, countries also agreed to the need to verify (核實) compliance (遵守). The U.S. and Russian ambassador traded accusations on space weapons. US Arizona Votes to Repeal Near Total Abortion Ban Arizona's House of Representatives has voted to repeal (廢除) a near-total abortion ban. The state's supreme court reinstated the ban earlier this month. The ban, which has yet to go into effect, has become a major political issue in the key swing state. Ira Spitzer reports. UK Military Horses Run Loose After Being Spooked Five military horses spooked by noise from a building site have bolted during routine exercises near Buckingham Palace in central London. They ran loose through the heart of the city. The horses injured at least four people, collided with vehicles and caused chaos (混亂) during the morning rush hour. Four soldiers were thrown off the horses and three of the troops were hospitalized with injuries. The horses were all captured shortly after. They were taken back to the barracks in Hyde Park where they are undergoing medical tests. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了! 中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3xMsIhf -- 城揚建設新推出的「陽明第一廳」 緊鄰三民區的明星學府-陽明國中 46~52坪,每層四戶兩部電梯 最適合有換屋與置產需求的你 讓生活中充滿書香、運動風,滿足食衣住行的消費需求 城揚建設 陽明第一廳 07-384-2888 https://bit.ly/4azoWGy
4/25/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 04/24/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 171-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,770 on turnover of 4.4-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Tuesday following a recent slump as buying was sparked by a rally on Wall Street overnight amid eased concerns over Middle East tensions. The main board opened higher and momentum continued throughout the session, with large-cap electronics and artificial intelligence development related stocks in focus. Constitutional court Debates Abolition of Death Penalty The Constitutional Court has been debating whether the current death penalty system is constitutional. The debate saw attorneys representing 37 prisoners currently on death row who are challenging the constitutionality of capital punishment. The 37 petitioners argue that "the presence and implementation (執行) of capital punishment violate Article 15 of the Constitution of the Republic of China," which stipulates that "the right of existence … shall be guaranteed to the people." The case was brought to the constitutional court in 2022. A decision is expected within the coming three months at the earliest. More Cabinet Appointments Announced Premier-designate Cho Jung-tai has announced more new members of his Cabinet that will take office on May 20. Five of those appointed are keeping their posts and while there's one new face. Finance Minister Zhuang Cui-yun, Overseas Community Affairs Council head Xu Jia-qing, Ocean Affairs Council head Guan Bi-ling and Directorate-General of Personnel Administration head Su Chun-rong will keep their current (目前的) posts. Acting Agriculture Minister Chen Jun-ji will formally head the agency in the new Cabinet. While the sole new face is Chen Shu-zi, the current head of Tainan City Government's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission - and she has been appointed to head the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistic. UN Calls for Investigation After Mass Graves Discovered Near Gaza Hospitals The United Nations is calling for “a clear, transparent and credible investigation” of mass graves uncovered at two major hospitals in Gaza that were raided by Israeli troops. A U.N. spokesman said Tuesday that credible investigators must have access to the sites. The U.N. human rights chief also said he was “horrified” (驚駭) by the destruction of the hospitals and the reported discovery of mass graves in and around the facilities. He also called for independent investigations. The Israeli military said its forces exhumed bodies that Palestinians had buried earlier as part of its search for the remains of hostages captured by Hamas. Japan Former PM Meets with Trump Japan’s government is declining (拒絕) to comment on a meeting between former Prime Minister Taro Aso and US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Chris Gilbert reports. Aboriginal Spears Returned to Australia Indigenous Four Aboriginal spears that were taken to England by Captain James Cook more than 250 years ago have been returned to Australia's Indigenous community at a ceremony in Cambridge University. The artifacts were all that remain of some 40 spears that Cook and botanist Joseph Banks took in April 1770, at the time of the first contact between Cook’s crew and the Indigenous people of Kamay. The return of the spears was agreed last year following a campaign and a formal repatriation (歸國) request. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/24/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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EZ News 04/23/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 153-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,564 on turnover of 5.5-billion N-T. The market lost ground again on Monday - after failing to sustain (維持) early gains as investors reacted to a plunge by tech stocks on Wall Street at the end of last week. Selling set within an hour of the opening bell - as tech heavyweights came under pressure to push the market into negative territory - where in remained throughut the rest of the trading day. Hualien Suspends Work and Classes after 5.8 Quake Hualien County has suspended work and classes today, after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck earlier this morning. The magnitude 5.8 quake shook large parts of the island at 8:04am, after a series of tremors overnight. Those quakes including two of magnitude 6 and 6.3. Two buildings in Hualien City have partially collapsed and tilted following the overnight earthquakes. The Full Hotel on Zhongshan Road and the Tong Shuai building on Mingli Road in downtown Hualien City both partially collapsed following the quakes. The hotel is currently undergoing renovation, while the unoccupied Tong Shuai building had already been marked for demolition (拆除) following the April 3 magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Both buildings have been cordoned off. (NS) UNRWA Report on Neutrality Released A UN report on a review of the world body's humanitarian organisation,UNRWA has found it has robust frameworks to ensure compliance (遵守) with humanitarian neutrality. The review of the organisation was initiated by the Secretary General following allegations by Israel that several UNRWA staff had been involved in the October 7th attacks on Israel. Jody Jacobs has more… Venezuela President Meets with ICC Head Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with the head of the International Criminal Court as he faces an ongoing investigation by the tribunal (法庭) into crimes against humanity for his crackdown on anti-government protests. ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan didn’t make any statements following the meeting at the presidential palace in Caracas. Khan’s fourth visit to Venezuela comes almost two months after an appeals panel ruled that the court’s investigation could proceed over the objections of Maduro’s government. ESA Adds New Members to Astronaut Corps The European Space Agency has added five new members to its astronaut corps. The new astronauts are from France, Belgium, Britain, Switzerland and Spain. An Australian has also joined them as part of an agreement. They graduated Monday during a ceremony in Cologne, Germany, after completing a year of training. That brings the space agency’s astronaut roster up to 11. The newcomers are now eligible (有資格的) for trips to the International Space Station. More than 20,000 people applied for the five slots. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/23/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 04/22/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 60-points this morning from Friday's close, at 19,466 on turnover of 6-billion N-T. The market fell to a record single-day drop on Friday amid rising tensions in the Middle East. This is despite Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing reporting its highest-ever first-quarter sales a day earlier. The weighted index ended the session down a record 774-points. Tai-Power President Asked to Remain in Office after Announcing his Resignation Premier Chen Chien-jen is urging Tai-Power President Wang Yao-ting to remain in his post. Wang announced his resignation this past weekend following a series of power outages in Taoyuan. Wang was taking responsibility for the power outages over the past few days and a tight power supply on April 15 due to generator trips. However, Cabinet spokesman Lin Zi-lun says the premier called Wang and left him a text message in an effort to persuade (說服) him to continue in his post. The Ministry of Economic Affairs says it is also working convince Wang to stay on. AUO Chairman Says Computex will be a Reflection of Tech Sector's Evolution A-U-O Chairman Paul Peng says this year's Computex will be the biggest since the coronavirus pandemic. Peng also serves as the chairman of Computex's co-organizer, the Taipei Computer Association. He says the theme of "Connecting AI" will boost the show's popularity. According to Peng, this year's event will feature some 1,500 exhibitors. There will be keynote speeches from people leading the A-I boom, including Nvidia's Jensen Huang, A-M-D's Lisa Su and Intel's Pat Gelsinger. Peng says new opportunities related to the emergence (緊急狀況) of A-I personal computers have ensured that those C-E-Os will be showing up. He says "especially with the growth of the I-T industry in the first half of 2024 being a bit lackluster." Iran Supreme Leader Dismisses Discussion on Israel Attack Iran’s supreme leader has dismissed any discussion of whether Tehran’s unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel hit anything there. It's a tacit acknowledgment that few projectiles actually made it through to their targets despite launching a massive assault. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments Sunday before senior military leaders didn’t touch on the apparent (貌似) Israeli retaliatory strike Friday on the central city of Isfahan. Air defenses opened fire and Iran grounded commercial flights across much of the country. But analysts say recent moves suggest both are trying to dial back tensions following a series of escalatory attacks between them. Argentina Sees Violence A town in Argentina is seeing an unprecedented (史無前例的) wave of drug-related violence. AP correspondent Karen Chammas reports Brazil Conservatives Praise Musk Conservative Brazilians heaped praise on Elon Musk at a rally in the capital of Rio de Janeiro state supporting far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro. Musk is a target in an ongoing (不斷的) investigation over the dissemination (傳播) of fake news by supporters of Bolsonaro. Musk said the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, wouldn't comply with a high court justice’s order to remove certain accounts accused of spreading disinformation. Musk recently accused the justice of suppressing free speech and violating Brazil’s constitution. At Sunday's rally Bolsonaro and other speakers praised Musk as a defender of Brazil's freedom. They say he faces censorship by a crusading high court justice. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/22/20246 minutes, 44 seconds
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EZ News 04/19/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 309-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,992 on turnover of 83-billion N-T. The market recouped its early losses on Thursday caused by increased volatility on Wall Street overnight. Bargain hunters stepped-in late in the session. . However, the gains were capped after recent inflation reports in the US were hotter than expect. And investor concerns grew over the possibility of the U-S Federal Reserve delaying a rate cut cycle. The Taiex continues to lose ground, heading into midday trading. MODA Upgrades Taiping Island Satellite Network System The Ministry of Digital Affairs says the establishment of signal connectivity with a newly-launched satellite network system on Taiping Island has boosted communications efficiency there. According to the ministry, the new system enables (使能夠) coastguard personnel stationed there to use improved communication and better meets their audiovisual needs. Wi-Fi and mobile network services were officially activated on Taiping Island earlier this week. This comes after tests on the newly installed Medium Earth Orbit satellite terminal equipment were completed. That equipment is capable of sending and receiving signals from a satellite communications service provider based in Luxembourg. The digital ministry says the total transmission bandwidth available to personnel on the island can now reach 25-Megabits per second. This is an approximate 3.9-fold increase in communication efficiency compared to before. US Vetoes Palestine's Bid to Join UN Palestine has not been admitted to the United Nations as a full member, following a Security Council vote. On Thursday, the United States vetoed the bid - as was widely expected. Sally Patterson reports from the UN headquarters in New York. NATO EU Officials Urge Defense Systems for Ukraine Top NATO and European Union officials are urging industrialized nations to take quick and concrete steps to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Thursday that continued delays could tilt (偏向) the war in Moscow’s favor. Borrell was speaking on the Italian island of Capri at the start of a G7 foreign ministers meeting. He told reporters that without Patriot air defense missile systems to guard against incoming Russian strikes, “the electricity system of Ukraine will be destroyed." And he said that no country can fight a war without electricity. Brazil da Silva Creates Two New Indigenous Territories Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has announced the creation (創建) of two new Indigenous territories. This brings the total number of new reserves created during his term to 10. The Cacique Fontoura reserve will be in Mato Grosso state and the Aldeia Velha territory will be in Bahia state. They cover a combined total area of almost 342 square kilometers. Speaking at a ceremony Thursday in Brasilia, Lula’s said the latest two new territories would not be enough. He cited legal issues for the delay in setting aside additional lands. He says Indigenous peoples should be patient as he seeks to fulfill his pledge (保證) of creating 14 new territories. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/19/20246 minutes, 29 seconds
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EZ News 04/18/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 86-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,126 on turnover of 5.7-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Wednesday after tumbling during the previous session. The main board moved back above the 20,000-point mark. Investors were interested in large cap tech stocks. However, the main board still failed to recoup all of the losses seen on Tuesday. Market sentiment remained affected by uncertainty over when the U-S Federal Reserve could start to cut interest rates. MOTC Cites NT$3 billion as Needed Funding to Repair Quake Damage in Hualien Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai says estimates show that funding to repair tourism-related facilities and infrastructure in Hualien following the April 3 earthquake stands at more than 3-billion N-T. According to Wang, three rounds of stimulus initiatives for the county's tourism sector have been proposed by the Tourism Administration. The first focuses mainly on essential (必需的) disaster relief. The second phase of the plan covers funding for people whose homes were damaged or destroyed. And the third and final initiative will seek to subsidize individual and group tours to Hualien after facilities and infrastructure have been fully repaired. DeMarcus Cousins Returns for T1 League Taiwan Beer Leopards Four-time N-B-A all-star DeMarcus Cousins is back in Taiwan to finish out his renewed contract with the T1 League's Taiwan Beer Leopards. Cousins initially played a four-game contract with the Leopards in January. But the Taoyuan-based team announced in mid-March that he's officially renewed his contract. Cousins will play in all three of the remaining regular season games and will finish the postseason games with the team. He'll be making his return this weekend. That's when the Leopards play the Taipei Mars on both Saturday and Sunday at the Taoyuan Arena. The Leopards are currently sitting in second place in the standings (積分榜) behind the league leading New Taipei C-T-B-C D-E-A. Israel PM Responds to Calls for Restraint in Iran Response Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault over the weekend. Netanyahu's remarks on Wednesday appeared to brush off (漠視,不理睬) calls for restraint from close allies, including the visiting foreign ministers of Germany and Britain. Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s unprecedented attack without saying when or how. That's left the region bracing for further escalation after months of unrest linked to the ongoing war in Gaza. Iran's president warned Israel against responding. Violence meanwhile has continued to surge along Israel's border with Lebanon. A rocket attack on an Israeli town by Iran-backed Hezbollah wounded at least 14 people. US Congress Dismisses Impeachment Against Homeland Security Director Lawmakers in the United States have voted to end impeachment proceedings (法律行動,訴訟程序) against Director of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, before they could even go to trial. Democrat Party Senators dismissed the two articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas. The articleswere brought by Republicans who argue his department is failing to stem record flows of migrants entering the country from Mexico. Benji Hyer reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/18/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 04/17/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 84-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,986 on turnover of 3.9-billion N-T. The market closed below the 20,000-point mark on Tuesday for the first time in almost a month - as panic-led selling set-in amid concerns over Mid-East tensions and lingering inflation that could delay interest rate cuts in the U-S. The market opened down - but declined further as pressure escalated (逐步升級) after the main board dropped below the 20-day moving average of 20,290 points. The weakness then continued to the end of the session. Lawmakers Pass New Pedestrian Sidewalk Safety Rule Lawmakers have approved regulations aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety. The new regulations require both the central and local governments to develop guidelines to build, improve, and maintain safe, unobstructed (無障礙的), and continuous pedestrian spaces along sidewalks. Under the new rules, if sidewalks or walkways obstructed by fixed equipment or other objects, local governments should notify the responsible authority in writing and give it at least three months to resolve the issue. Failure to comply within the specified period can result in maximum fine of 150,000 N-T. CDC Reports 139,848 Cases of Diarrhea Last Week The Centers for Disease Control says the number of patients who sought medical assistance for diarrhea last week reached almost 140,000. According to Central Epidemic Command Center Deputy Director Lee Chia-lin, data for the week of April 7 through 13, shows that 139,848 people sought medical help for diarrhea-related sickness islandwide. Lee says the figure shows that number of patients climbed 15.7-per cent from the previous week. The number of people who fell ill from diarrhea-related sickness last week is also the fourth highest in the same time period over the past decade (十年). US House Speaker Pushes for Ukraine Aid US House Speaker Mike Johnson is facing a GOP revolt (反叛) as he vows to move ahead with U.S. funding for Ukraine and other allies. AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports Canada Budget Imposes Higher Taxes on Wealthy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is imposing higher taxes on the wealthiest Canadians. The budget proposes to increase the capital gains inclusion rate, which refers to the taxable share of profit made on the sale of assets (資產). The taxable portion of capital gains above $250,000 Canadian would rise from half to two-thirds, which the federal government says will only affect 0.1% of Canadians. Canada's finance minister presented the federal budget, which pledges $38 billion US dollars in new spending that she says is focused on economic justice for younger generations. Trudeau's Liberal government is trailing badly in the polls amid concerns over the cost of living in Canada. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/17/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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EZ News 04/16/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Israeli Parliamentary Delegation Calls for Support From Taiwan A visiting parliamentary delegation from Israel has held talks with President Tsai Ing-wen. The four member delegation from the Israeli parliament is also thanking Taiwan for its support after Iran's attack over the weekend. Chairman of the Taiwan-Israel Friendship Group Boaz Toporovsky has said the delegation appreciates the collaboration between Taiwan and Israel. It also appreciates the support shown by Tsai and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu in the wake of Iran's attacks. Meanwhile, Israel's representative to Taiwan, Maya Yaron, says there are numerous areas in which the two countries are cooperating or planning to cooperate. That includes tourism, innovation and agriculture. Missile Drills Continue The Ministry of National Defense is continuing to carry out live-fire missile exercises in the Pingtung area. The drills began last week. The army fired Stinger missiles from its vehicle mounted Avenger air-defense system as part of the "Shen Gong" exercise. While the Aviation and Special Forces Command test fired Hellfire and Sidewinder missiles from Apache and Super Cobra helicopters as part of the "Shen Ying" exercise. The military had planned to test fire its newly developed Land Sword II system surface-to-air missile last week. But the test firings were postponed (延遲) to yesterday due to bad weather. Those tests were carried out yesterday. The missiles successfully launched and hit target drones at the Jiupeng Military Base. Taroko Park Post-Quake Restoration Estimated at NT$1b Interior Minister Lin Yu-chang says estimates show that post-earthquake restoration work at the Taroko National Park will cost roughly 1-billion N-T. Lin said several hiking trails, facilities and structures in the park were severely damaged during the earthquake. During a legislative hearing, Lin said the cost of restoring (恢復) portions of the park are his office's responsibility. He says the ministry will be seeking funding of $1-billion. The interior minister also told lawmakers that more accurate estimates will not be available until a damage assessment is completed in about two weeks. Israel will respond to Iran’s weekend missile strike: military chief Israel’s military chief says Israel will respond to Iran’s weekend missile strike. But he has not elaborated on when and how. Israel is said to be considering its next steps and that the Iranian strike of missiles and attack drones “will be met with a response.” The Lieutenant General spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base. Israel says the base suffered light damage in the Iranian attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been huddling (聚集在一起) with top officials to discuss a possible response. World leaders have been urging Israel not to retaliate after Iran launched the attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. EU calls emergency foreign chiefs meeting to discuss Middle East The European Union has called an urgent meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in an attempt (嘗試、試圖) to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East. Ishan Garg has more. Japan TEPCO to Load Atomic Fuel into Reactor The operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has obtained permission from safety regulators to start loading atomic fuel into a reactor at its only operable plant in Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings is keen to restart for the first time since the 2011 disaster. It's loaded nuclear fuel into No. 7 reactor at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in north-central Japan. The country is accelerating (加速) the use of nuclear power as a stable and clean source of energy. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/16/20246 minutes, 27 seconds
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EZ News 04/15/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 150-points this morning from Friday's close, at 20,586 on turnover of 8.7-billion N-T. Big gains for tech stocks helped Wall Street claw back much of its slide from the previous session overnight. But the market still lost ground last Friday, as it followed other regional markets. MND to Establish New Combatant Command in 2026 The Ministry of National Defense is reportedly slated to a establish a new combatant command in 2026. Sources say the command will be tasked with (負責) defending Taiwan's territorial waters extending 24-nautical miles from the shoreline. According to reports, the command will be listed under the Naval Command Headquarters. It will be headed by a vice admiral and bring together existing fast attack boat and anti-ship missile groups. It could be officially launched as early as 2026. Earthquakes of Magnitude of Between 3 and 4 Could hit Chiayi Over Coming Weeks And, The Central Weather Administration says more earthquakes of between magnitudes 3 and 4 could hit Chiayi over the coming couple of weeks. The warning comes after over 10 earthquakes have rattled the county since last Friday. According to the administration, the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck off eastern Taiwan on April 3 resulted in stress adjustments in the underground fault zones in Chiayi … …. and that has triggered blind faults and unknown faults in western Taiwan to release energy. This is causing frequent temblors (搖晃) in the Chiayi area. Guterres Calls fro Calm in Middle East Diplomats in the UN Security Council called for restraint (克制) following Iran's drone attack on Israel on Saturday. The council met for an emergency meeting on Sunday. Members fear a full-blown (全面爆發) spillover (出效應) of the conflict in the region. Jody Jacobs reports from New York… < [CLIP] Slug: > 10 Killed by Gunmen in Nigeria About 10 people have been killed by gunmen in Nigeria's north central state of Plateau. The gunmen invaded (入侵) villages in the Bokkos area of the state at night. Tesem Akende reports. Right Whale entanglement This has been a bad year for North Atlantic right whales which have been listed as endangered since 1970. And while just 360 whales remain, their numbers keep dropping (下落, 下降). Julie Walker reports on attempts to monitor one of them. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/15/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 2024/04/12

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4/12/20245 minutes, 42 seconds
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EZ News 04/11/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 50-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,713 on turnover of $4.5-billion N-T. The market closed slightly lower on Wednesday after moving in a narrow range throughout the session. Investor were waiting for the release of key U-S inflation data. New Species of Aquatic Firefly Discovered in Keelung The Wild Bird Society of Keelung has confirmed that type of aquatic firefly discovered in the city is a new species. According to the society, the new species was discovered while its members were working on a project focusing firefly ecology and rehabilitation (復原). The project began in 2022 and was commissioned by the Keelung City Government. The society says the fireflies were first spotted in Keelung's Nuan-Nuan District in the first year of the project. They were confirmed to be part of a new species with the help of a firefly expert and a faculty member at the National Museum of Natural Science. It is the fourth aquatic firefly species discovered in Taiwan. The species has been temporarily named, "Bei-Miao" firefly. This is because it was discovered in northern Taiwan and flies at canopy height. US Biden Warns of Iranian Attack of Israel Iran is primed to launch "significant" (重要的) missile or drone strikes against Israeli government and military facilities, according to US President Joe Biden. He gave the warning at a press conference on Wednesday alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House, where Benji Hyer reports. Guatemala Declares Natural Disaster as Forest Fires Continue Guatemala’s president has issued a natural disaster declaration. 44 forest fires continue to burn across the Central American country. President Bernardo Arevalo made the announcement Wednesday, and said that 80% of the fires were started by people. Authorities canceled classes across three central provinces to protect students from the prevailing (盛行的) smoke. One of the largest fires is near a suburb of Guatemala City, the capital. The president's declaration now frees up funding for fire fighting efforts. RSF Reporter Denied Entry into HK Reporters Without Borders says its representatives was denied (被拒絕) entry into Hong Kong. RSF says its Taipei-based staffer Aleksandra Bielakowska was stopped at the Hong Kong airport on Wednesday by immigration officers earlier in the day. She was detained, questioned and had her belongings searched three times before she was denied entry to Hong Kong. RSF says this "marks a new decline in the already poor press freedom climate in the territory.” Bielakowska was to meet journalists and attend the trial of Jimmy Lai. The media tycoon and founder of the now-defunct Apple Daily newspaper is currently facing national security charges. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/11/20245 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 04/10/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally lower this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,789 on turnover of 6.3-billion N-T. The market ended the trading day at another fresh high on Tuesday. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing's share price soared on news of the company's plan to build a third wafer fab in the U-S state of Arizona. Lai Confirms Zhuo as Premier President-elect Lai Ching-te has announced some members of his new cabinet. Former D-P-P chairman and Cabinet Secretary-General, Zhuo Rong-tai has been confirmed (確認) as the next Premier. Former Culture Minister Zheng Li-jun will become the Vice Premier. MND Extends Tabletop Phase of Han Kuang Drills The Ministry of National Defense will be extending the tabletop war games phase of this year's Han Kuang series of exercises. The drills will last eight days this year, up from the previous five days. The tabletop phase (階段) of the annual combined services exercise will be taking place around the clock for from April 19 to 26. According to Major General Tong Ji-xing, the extended computerized war games will give the military more time to simulate responsive measures following an invasion. The measures will involve a higher level of command, with swift increased troop deployment to key positions. The live-fire phase of this year's Han Kuang exercise will taking place from July 22 to 26. 5,000kg of Sudan Dye-Tainted Chinese Chili Powder Destroyed The Food and Drug Administration says a shipment of 4,995-kilograms of chili powder imported from China has been destroyed. The products were found to contain the Sudan red dye. Tests found the shipment contained 17 parts per billion of Sudan III, a red fat-soluble dye banned in Taiwan for use in foodstuffs (食品). Data shows that from October 1 of last year through April 1 this year, samples from 27 of 145 shipments of Chinese chili powder submitted for testing failed inspections. They were also found to be contaminated with Sudan red dyes or banned pesticides. Imports of chili powder from 22 Chinese manufacturers have been indefinitely suspended. US Arizona Resinstates Abortion Ban Arizona's Supreme Court has reinstated a 160-year-old law banning nearly all abortions. The move overrides a more recent law providing access to the procedure up to 15 weeks. The ruling is the latest high-profile case as abortion becomes a central (重要的, 主要的) issue in the upcoming presidential elections. Toni waterman has more. "God Particle" Nobel Physicist Higgs Obit Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence (存在) of the so-called “God particle” has died at age 94. The University of Edinburgh, where Higgs was emeritus professor, said he died Monday following a short illness. In 1964, Higgs predicted the existence of the sub-atomic particle that helped explain how matter formed after the Big Bang But it would be almost 50 years before the its existence could be confirmed at a particle collider (粒子對撞機) in Switzerland. Higgs won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work, alongside Francois Englert of Belgium. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/10/20246 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 04/09/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 103-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,521 on turnover of 8.4-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Monday following last Wednesday's slump prior to the four-day Tomb Sweeping holiday. However, the gains were capped amid lingering investor concerns over when the U-S Federal Reserve's a rate-cut cycle will kick-in. 42 Buildings Listed as 'Code Red' Damage The National Land Management Agency says 42 buildings suffered severe damage from last week's earthquake. They have been listed as "code red." The agency's "code red" is the highest level of damage. Of the 42 buildings, 32 are in Hualien, two in Taipei, four in New Taipei, and four are in Taoyuan. According to land management agency, 70 buildings have been listed as "code yellow" for secondary damage. That includes 35 in Hualien, 13 in Taipei, seven in New Taipei City, 14 in Taoyuan, and one in Keelung. 690 other buildings don't currently (目前) fall into the color-coded warnings listing. But they are still being checked. UAV Makes 2nd Attempt to Pass Combat Readiness Tests A redesigned version of the locally developed Teng Yun 2 U-A-V has been undergoing (經歷、進行) combat readiness tests. The UAVs failed the tests last year. Sources are being cited as saying the "Cloud Rider 2" combat and reconnaissance drone entered the final testing stage for the second time in mid-March. However, the defense ministry has not released any information concerning when the testing will be completed. Reports have said results from the Teng Yun 2's unsuccessful first attempt to pass the final testing in March of last year indicated that there was "still room for improvement" in the drone's design. Iraq FM Accuses US of Greenlighting Strike on Consulate in Syria Iran’s foreign minister has accused the United States of giving Israel the “green light” for a strike on its consulate building in Syria. The strike killed seven Iranian military officials, including two generals. The minister reiterated Tehran’s vows that it will respond to the attack, widely blamed on Israel. The attack killed a senior military official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. It appeared to signify (表示、象征) an escalation of Israel’s targeting of military officials from Iran. And the incident worsened fears of the war spiraling into the rest of the Middle East. The Biden administration has insisted that it had no advance knowledge of the airstrike. Vatican doubles down on opposition to gender theory and sex changes The Vatican has doubled down (堅持) on its opposition to gender theory and sex changes. Giles Gibson has more from Rome. Haiti Recovers Hijacked Cargo Ship Haiti’s National Police says it has recovered a hijacked cargo ship laden with (裝滿的) rice following a gun battle with gangs that lasted more than five hours. Authorities said Sunday that two policemen were injured and an undetermined number of gang members killed in the shootout off the coast of the Port-au-Prince capital. Local media reports that the gangs kidnapped everyone aboard the ship and stole some 10,000 sacks of rice out of the 60,000 sacks it was carrying. Saturday's recovery was a rare victory for Haiti's underfunded police department. The department has struggled to stop gang violence following a spate of attacks that began Feb. 29. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/9/20246 minutes, 25 seconds
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EZ News 04/08/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 57-points this morning from last Wednesday's close, at 20,395 on turnover of 9.1-billion N-T. The market shed more than 100-points last Wednesday - the final trading day of the week. Market sentiment was negatively affected by both the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck earlier that day and losses on Wall Street overnight. The bellwether electronics sector led the downturn. Investors were concerned about the possible impact on production resulting from the temblor. Czech Republic Looking into Allegations Chinese Diplomat Tailed HsiaoBi-khim The government of the Czech Republic says it's investigation allegations that a Chinese diplomat tailed Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim during her visit to the country last month. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the statement by Czech officials comes after Taiwan's representative office in Prague contacted authorities. There were reports by a news site that a Chinese diplomat was stopped by police while following Hsiao's motorcade. The report by a Prague-based news site says "Chinese governmental surveillance (監視)" continued until Hsiao arrived at her hotel in the Czech capital. Hsiao visited the Czech Republic from March 17 to 19 to speak at a seminar. Two More Taipei Restaurants Closed Due to Suspected Food Poisoning And, Health authorities in Taipei says two more restaurants in the city owned by Wowprime have been temporarily closed, after 22 people reported falling ill with symptoms of food poisoning. According to city government, the 22 people sought medical attention and reported symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea, after eating at Truewow and XIANG LA Spicy Hot Pot. Both are located in the same building in the city's Ximending shopping district. The 22 patients dined (吃飯,進餐) at the restaurants between April 2 and 4. Health authorities have carried out inspections at the two restaurants and found multiple problems. They are also testing food and environmental samples. Nigeria Kidnapping Victims Rescued Police authorities in Nigeria say operatives of the force have rescued over 100 victims of kidnapping in the country. The hostages were abducted (被綁架) by gunmen in Katsina state in the country's northwest region from March 1st to 31st. Tesem Akende reports from Jos. Tunisia Fundraising Runner Runs Length of Africa British charity fundraiser Russ Cook has reached the northernmost point of Africa, completing a year-long quest to run the length of the continent. Dozens of supporters cheered Sunday as Cook reached a rocky outcrop in northern Tunisia. The 27-year-old set off from South Africa in April last year. He has run more than 16-thousand km across 16 countries in 352 days. The run has raised more than $870-thousand US dollars for charities that work with homeless young people, and helps displaced (流離失所) people from Western Sahara. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 彰化銀行「馬偕認同卡」,申辦即享國內1%、海外3%、指定藥妝/藥局最高6%現金回饋。 刷卡同時,彰化銀行將回饋0.25%予馬偕醫療財團法人。 快來申辦一起做愛心! 了解更多:https://bankchb.pse.is/5qja3c 謹慎理財 信用至上
4/8/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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EZ News 04/03/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Earthquake Update 10:00AM More damage is being reported after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake and aftershocks struck earlier this morning. Reports indicate that two buildings in Hualien City have suffered damage and are tilting to one side, with 8 people trapped in one building at the intersection of Zhong-shan Rd. and Chong-qing Rd. Emergency workers are on the scene, and ladder trucks have been dispatched to reach those inside. The Ministry of National Defense has also dispatched military personnel to assist with the rescue. Meanwhile… The Hualien County government has announced a suspension of work and classes, as aftershocks may continue throughout the day. New Taipei is continuing work and classes as normal. The New Taipei Metro Corporation says it is investigating reports that a portion of the track between Tou-qien-zhuang Station and Xing-pu Ming-shen station have cracked, but so far, the reports have not been confirmed. The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation says all HSR lines have paused service, and so far 21 train trips have reportedly been affected. Otherwise, the THSRC says there have been no reports of passengers injured or cars damaged. The Taiwan Railways Administration is also pausing services on parts of its eastern trunk line. The Taoyuan Metro has also reported a suspension in services of at least one hour. Taiex open to other news now and… The Taiwan Stock Exchange's main index opened down 77.73 points at 20,388.84 Wednesday on turnover of NT$5.98 billion (US$187 million). Taiwan's main board had closed Tuesday's trading at a new high on the back of strong buying led by contract chipmaker TSMC, this was in turn led by a 4 percent surge in the company's American depositary receipts.. The Taiex's record run came after a stock market-related social media influencer in Taiwan has issued an apology for spreading fake news about American investment guru Warren Buffet's supposed repurchase (回購) of TSMC shares. North Korea tests another missile In international news: North Korea said Wednesday it tested another new hypersonic intermediate-range missile powered with solid propellants. This, as it continues to expand its nuclear and missile program in the face of deepening tensions with neighbors and the United States. The report by North Korean state media came a day after the South Korean and Japanese militaries detected the North launching the missile from an inland (內地) area around its capital toward its eastern sea. The test was supervised by authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, who described the missile – named Hwasong-16B – as a key piece of his nuclear war deterrent he vowed to further build up to counter his “enemies”… that was a reference to the United States, South Korea and Japan. Israel Palestine World Central Kitchen Some of Israel’s closest allies have condemned the deaths of seven aid workers who were killed by airstrikes in Gaza. That loss that prompted (使) multiple charities to suspend food deliveries to Palestinians on the brink of starvation. The deaths of the World Central Kitchen workers threatened to set back efforts by the U.S. and other countries to open a maritime corridor for aid from Cyprus to help ease the desperate conditions in northern Gaza. Sagher Meghani reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
4/3/20246 minutes, 59 seconds
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EZ News 04/02/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 137-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,360 on turnover of $4.9-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed lower Monday as investors shifted to the sell side. They were taking advantage of the main board's earlier upturn after a rally in afterhours (工作時間之後) trading on the U.S. markets. Investors held high hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start a rate cut cycle in June. But the bellwether electronics sector encountered profit taking Monday after a strong showing in the first quarter of the year. This pushed the main board above the 20,000 point mark. 9 Ill After Dining at New Taipei Restaurant New Taipei is conducting inspections in a case where several guests fell ill after eating at a banquet hall. FDC International Hotels Corporation announced today that 9 customers who dined at its Gala de Chine banquet hall in Xinzhuang District last week sought medical care after experiencing gastrointestinal discomfort. The corporation says it is actively cooperating with the city's investigation. It says it has provide samples of food items and data for inspection. However, it also points out that a portion (部分) of the guests who attended the banquet brought their own food. The corporation says the cause of the illnesses is still under investigation. The New Taipei Department of Health says it has requested the restaurant suspend business while inspections are underway. (NS) Afghanistan Children Killed by Old Land Mine An old land mine found by children in eastern Afghanistan has exploded while they were playing with it, killing nine children. A Taliban spokesman says the land mine, which the children found near their village in Ghazni province, was from decades (幾十年) ago. He says the explosion Sunday killed five boys and four girls who were 5 to 10 years old. Afghanistan has suffered from decades of war. The country remains highly dangerous for children who collect scrap metal to sell to support their families. Many are killed or maimed when they come across unexploded ordinance. US Israel Talks Over Gaza Offensive The United States and Israel are holding a virtual meeting today to discuss the alternatives to a military invasion of the Gazan city of Rafah. Israeli forces have for weeks been planning to push into the southern tip of the besieged (被圍困) strip, where more than a million displaced Palestinians are gathered. Benji Hyer reports. Greece Migrants Rescued from Wooden Boat Greek authorities say dozens of migrants found in a wooden boat on the Mediterranean Sea between northern Africa and southern Europe have been transported to the Greek island of Crete. Greece’s coast guard says the boat carried 74 people. It is not immediately clear where or when the boat had launched (下水,出發) or what countries the passengers were from. Crete’s southern coastline has seen an increase in migrant arrivals in recent months. Greece is a major entry point into the European Union for people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 您是否聽過孩子抱怨:數學好無聊!數學好難! 學數學真的只能是一直寫寫寫,不斷加減乘除嗎? 提供孩子學習數學的新可能!《兒童數學動畫課》 把數學變得好玩、好看又好用! 輸入 CW150 再享專屬折扣~ 馬上點擊下方連結吧! https://cplink.co/e71OXAa6
4/2/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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EZ News 2024/04/01

Four More Test Positive for Toxic Acid in Taipei Food Poisoning Case Authorities Investigating Deadly Taipei Construction Site Accident Israelis stage largest anti-government protest since the war in Gaza began Easter Sunday in Vatican Ecuador violence saw 9 died
4/1/20245 minutes, 27 seconds
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EZ News 03/29/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 10-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,156 on turnover of $4.5-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex lost ground on Thursday, as investors reacted to a downturn on Wall Street overnight - which saw American markets slip further from recent record highs. MOTC Approves Danhai Light Rail 2nd Phase Plan The Ministry of Transport has passed the review of a revised plan for the second phase of the Danhai Light Rail in Tamsui. The plan will now be submitted to the Cabinet for approval. The New Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems says construction of the second phase of the Danhai light rail Blue Sea Line is set to be completed within five years of the Cabinet granting approval for the project. The Blue Sea light rail first phase opened in November of 2020. The planned second phase of the line will link Tamsui M-R-T station with Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf. It initially included a section that ran through Tamsui Old Street. But the rapid transit department modified (修改) the route due to protests by local residents. The new plan means the light rail line will run alongside the Tamsui River. The planned line will have six stations and extend (延長) the operating route of Danhai light rail to 6.6-kilometers. Lebanon Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel Civilian Targets The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has fired rockets with heavy warheads at towns in northern Israel. There were no media reports of Israelis hurt in Thursday's assault and the Israeli military did not immediately offer comment on the attack. Hezbollah says it used the heavy rockets against civilian targets for the first time Thursday in retaliation for a series of deadly Israeli airstrikes the day before. The militant group says several paramedics were among those 16 killed. Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, concerns have grown that near-daily clashes along Lebanon's border could escalate into a full-scale war. Hezbollah says its attacks aim to keep some Israeli divisions (部隊) busy and away from Gaza. Crypto King Sentenced to 25 Years The one-time "king of crypto" has been sentenced to 25 years in prison having been found guilty on seven counts of fraud and conspiracy (陰謀). William Denselow has more from outside the courthouse in lower Manhattan. Canada School Boards Sue Social Media Companies Four of the largest school boards in the Canadian province of Ontario have launched lawsuits against TikTok, Meta and SnapChat alleging the social media platforms are disrupting student learning. The lawsuits announced Thursday claim that platforms like Facebook and Instagram are “designed for compulsive (強迫性的) use, have rewired the way children think, behave, and learn.” The school boards are seeking damages for disruption to student learning and the education system. Dozens of U.S. states, including California and New York, are also suing Meta Platforms Inc. They say Meta harm young people and contributes to a youth mental health crisis. The believe Meta knowingly and deliberately (故意地) designed features on Instagram and Facebook that addict children to its platforms. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 即日起,開啟將來銀行APP,基金申購手續費0元,信管費0元! 財管會員符合條件,月月抽10萬N點,季度加碼再抽5萬旅遊金! 打造易富體質,成為將來富1代,活動詳情:https://nxb.tw/5pglmn/ 投資一定有風險,基金投資有賺有賠,申購前應詳閱公開說明書
3/29/20246 minutes, 9 seconds
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EZ News 03/28/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 13-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,213 on turnover of 4.5-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Wednesday as buying rotated to non-tech stocks. However, turnover was down from the previous trading days. Many investors remained wary of a major pullback after the main board scored solid gains in recent sessions to stand above the 20,000-point mark. Investors are also waiting for U-S economic data, which is due out later this week. First high-level Taiwan-France Trade Talks Focus on High-Tech The Ministry of Economics Affairs says representatives for Taiwan and France have held the first round of ministerial-level economic and trade talks. The talks focused on opportunities for collaboration (合作) in the high-tech supply chain. Taiwan's delegation was led by Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua, who met with representatives of France's Ministry of Economics and Finance. According to the economics ministry, the discussions covered possible partnerships in fields such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, renewable energy, and space industries. Carbon Fee Rate to be Decided in One to Two Months Environment Minister Xue Fu-sheng says it will take the government between one and two months to finalize the carbon fee rate. The Ministry of Environment was previously scheduled to announce the carbon fee rate in the first quarter of this year. The environment minister says the delay is because a review committee has not yet decided on the rate. However, Xue says there will be no change to the carbon fee collection schedule. The minister says the government still plans to collect (收) the fees beginning next year. WH: Talks with Israel on Gaza Operation Resume The White House says talks are resuming (恢復) to bring Israeli officials to the US to discuss Gaza operations. AP correspondent Ben Thomas reports. UN Food Waste Report A new United Nations report estimates that 19% of the food produced around the world went to waste in 2022. That's a little more than 1 billion metric tons of food. The updated Food Waste Index shows the biggest share of that waste, about 60%, came in households. Almost 30% came in food service operations, such as restaurants. This comes three years after the U.N.'s first attempt to quantify (量化) the problem as part of trying to cut food waste in half by the year 2030. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 您是否聽過孩子抱怨:數學好無聊!數學好難! 學數學真的只能是一直寫寫寫,不斷加減乘除嗎? 提供孩子學習數學的新可能!《兒童數學動畫課》 把數學變得好玩、好看又好用! 輸入 CW150 再享專屬折扣~ 馬上點擊下方連結吧! https://cplink.co/e71OXAa6
3/28/20245 minutes, 21 seconds
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EZ News 03/27/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 31-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,158 on turnover of 3.7-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Tuesday after hitting an all-time intra-day high. Investors turned cautious about a possible major technical pullback from recent sessions. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing served as an anchor during the session to prevent the broader market from falling further. And artificial intelligence development-related stocks came under pressure due to their relatively high valuations. Taiwan Calls on CPTPP to Devise Detailed Accession Guidelines The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling on members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership to release detailed guidelines for countries seeking membership in the trade bloc. The call comes as the government is voicing (表達) its concerns that the official Accession Process guidelines are not detailed enough. According to the ministry, the Partnership's "Auckland Principles," which provide three main principles for applicants to meet, are also vague The foreign ministry also says Taiwan has engaged in direct dialogue with key member states, including Japan and Canada. The ministry also plans to send delegations to other members later this year to solicit support for Taiwan's accession (加入) to the trade bloc. Ma Foundation Director Talks "Meeting Old Friends" The director of the Ma Ying-jeou Culture and Education Foundation says the former head of state could meet with Xi Jin-ping when he travels to China next month. Hsiao Hsu-tsen says Ma is currently just "a regular citizen", but Ma and Xi made important history together in 2015, so "of course he hopes there is an opportunity (機會) to see an old friend." Hsiao is refusing to say whether arrangements were being made for such a meeting. He would only say that "like the media, he hopes it will take place. However, the foundation director says "because the delegation will be guests, the specific arrangements are being left up to the Chinese side as hosts." NKorea Rejects Kim Meeting with Japanese PM North Korea's state news agency says the country is rejecting (拒絕) any possibility of a meeting between Kim Jong Un and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. It comes a day after reports that Pyongyang had received a summit request from Japan. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. Ethiopia Recouping Lost Funds After Glitch Ethiopia’s biggest bank says it has recouped nearly 80% of the cash it lost during a system glitch that allowed customers to take out more money than they had in their accounts. The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia says around $14 million was withdrawn or digitally transferred (轉帳) during the error. The bank says the value of the transactions ranged from 9 cents to $5,350. The amount lost was initially reported as $40 million. Nearly 15-thousand people have voluntarily returned funds that the bank says were taken illegally. But over 500 individuals have not yet returned money that is not theirs. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 即日起,開啟將來銀行APP,基金申購手續費0元,信管費0元! 財管會員符合條件,月月抽10萬N點,季度加碼再抽5萬旅遊金! 打造易富體質,成為將來富1代,活動詳情:https://nxb.tw/5pglmn/ 投資一定有風險,基金投資有賺有賠,申購前應詳閱公開說明書
3/27/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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EZ News 03/26/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 16-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,208 on turnover of 3.6-billion N-T. The market closed slightly lower on Monday after hitting an all-time closing high last week. The electronics sector, which has driven recent gains, came under pressure. Select old economy stocks, in particular those in the electric machinery and transportation sectors, attracted buying to lend some support to the broader market. Former President Ma to Lead Student Delegation to China The Ma Ying-jeou Culture and Education Foundation says the former head of state will lead a delegation of Taiwanese students on a "peace visit" to China from April 1st to April 11th. According to foundation director Hsiao Hsu-tsen, the delegation is planning to visit Guangdong and Shaanxi provinces and also Beijing. China's Taiwan Affairs Office has issued a statement welcoming Ma's planned visit. The foundation says no plans have been made to meet with Chinese officials. However, the foundation's director is not dismissing reports that Ma could meet with Xi Jin-ping while in Beijing. It says that "specific arrangements" (安排的細節) will be left up to the Chinese side, which is hosting the delegation. Presidential Office to Offer Fun Day Out on Children's Day And, The Presidential Office is planning to play host to a special event for young people on April 4th to coincide with the Children's Day holiday. According to Presidential Office spokeswoman Lu Yu-chan, the event will transform the building into a giant maze filled with fun, games and live performances. It will be the first time the Presidential Office will have opened its doors to youngsters (兒童、年輕人) on Children's Day host a special party. The Presidential Office spokeswoman says children will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with replica military aircraft. They could also pretend to the be the president, by hosting their own press conferences in the building's briefing room. Japan PM: Nothing Decided on NKorean Summit Japan’s Prime Minister says no plans have been made for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite reports he has requested (要求) a sit-down. DPRK state media on Monday reported Pyongyang had received the request from Fumio Kishida Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. Puerto Rico Declares Dengue Epidemic Puerto Rico has declared an epidemic following a spike in dengue cases. The U.S. territory of 3.2 million people has reported at least 549 cases so far this year, compared with a total of 1,293 cases for all of last year. The island’s health department says more than 340 people have been hospitalized for the mosquito-borne virus. Officials said Monday that the majority of cases have been reported in the capital of San Juan. More than 5 million dengue cases were reported worldwide last year. Nearly 80% of those occurred in the Western Hemisphere, according the World Health Organization. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 全球股市要好,首重半導體;半導體要好,以上游為主。 接軌半導體趨勢就該掌握「上游」,追蹤指數成分股持有日本比重近3成,投資真正隱形英雄就在𝟬𝟬𝟵𝟰𝟭 𝟬𝟬𝟵𝟰𝟭與半導體上游王者同行,𝟯/𝟭𝟱掛牌!邀您與護國神山的幕後推手同行! 👉 https://bit.ly/4adM2SP
3/26/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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EZ News 03/25/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from Friday's close, at 20,228 on turnover of 5.9-billion N-T. The market closed higher on Friday, even though it lost some momentum from gains made in previous sessions. Wall Street tapped fresh records overnight, led by big gains for chipmakers. MOFA Releases Details of Hsiao Bi-khim's European Trip The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim visited the European Parliament at the invitation of lawmakers there last week. The statement comes as Hsiao has been making low-key (低調) tours of the U-S and Europe in recent weeks. According to the foreign ministry, Hsiao was welcomed by the president of the European Parliament and the European Parliament's first minister. Hsiao is now the first vice president-elect of Taiwan to have visited the European Parliament. Hsiao also visited Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland. Man Detained Following shooting at Taoyuan Police Station The Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office has detained a 43-year-old man wanted for firing several shots into a police stations this past weekend. Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect as he fled the scene. One officer sustained (遭受) a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Police managed to arrest the suspect after stopping his vehicle and seized two handguns and a submachine gun. Authorities say the man was recently investigated for the illegal possession of firearms and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Prosecutors says they are investigating how the man came into possesion of the weapons. Russia Men Accused of Concert Hall Attack Appears in Court Four men accused of staging the Russia concert hall attack that killed more than 130 people have appeared before a Moscow court to face formal terrorism charges. Russian media had reported that the men were tortured during interrogation by the security services. According to the Associated Press, one appeared to be barely (幾乎沒有) conscious during Sunday's hearing. A court statement says two of the suspects accepted their guilt after being charged in the preliminary hearing. The court formally charged the men with committing a group terrorist attack resulting in deaths. The offense carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The court ordered that the men, all of whom are citizens of Tajikistan, be held in pre-trial custody until May 22. US Japan to Announce Security Pact Update The US and Japan are expected to announce a major security pact (協定) update when leaders from the two countries meet in Washington next month, according to the Financial Times. Reports expect it to be the biggest security upgrade in 60 years as both countries look to counter China’s military positioning in the region. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/25/20245 minutes, 43 seconds
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EZ News 03/22/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 33-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,232 on turnover of $8.7-billion N-T. The market rose more than 400-points on Thursday to close above the 20,000-point mark and hit yet another record high - as buying was sparked by a rally on Wall Street overnight. Gains were seen across the board - as investor sentiment got a major boost following the conclusion of the U-S Federal Reserve's latest policymaking meeting, at which America's central bank hinted that interest rates will be cut three times this year. Poisoned Black-Faced Spoonbill Released into the Wild A poisoned black-faced spoonbill has been released back into the wild in Chiayi County. The county's Agriculture Department says over the past four years it has rescued and rehabilitated (使康復;使恢復) 13 black-faced spoonbills, attaching satellite trackers to them before releasing them into the wild. One of those rescued black-faced spoonbills was previously sighted along the county's coastline. The most recently released black-faced spoonbill was rescued on March 9 after the Kaohsiung Wild Bird Society reported finding the bird, which was sick and unable to fly. The bird was taken to the agriculture ministry's Biodiversity Research Center for treatment. The Taiwan Wild Bird Federation says as of November of last year here were 3,905 black-faced spoonbills in Taiwan, representing some 59-per cent of the global population. UN Warns More Funding Needed for Haiti The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in Haiti has warned that without more money, aid in the country will be at risk. Addressing the media remotely from Port-au-Prince on Thursday, Ulrika Richardson said it would be a 'catastrophe' (災難) if the international body was unable to hand out meals to Haitians. This comes as foreign nationals continue to be evacuated from the country, as violence rips through the capital. Sally Patterson has more. EU to Open Membership Negotiations with BosniaHerzegovina European Union leaders have agreed in principle to open membership negotiations with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 27 leaders gave the political green light at a summit in Brussels after the European Commission last week agreed to start talks in spite of deep lingering (揮之不去) ethnic divisions in the nation with 3.2 million inhabitants. But the officials emphasized the need for Bosnia to keep on taking “all relevant steps set out” by the Commission that include economic, judicial and political reforms as well as better efforts to tackle corruption and money laundering. Australia Invest in UK Industry for Subs Australia is set to provide $3 billion to British industry to support the construction of nuclear-powered submarines and ensure (確保) its new fleet arrives on time. The announcement at an annual gathering today comes a day after the two countries signed a defense and security pact to better meet such challenges as China's increasing presence in the South China Sea and South Pacific. The 10-year deal will boost capacity at a Rolls-Royce factory in the United Kingdom to build the nuclear reactors that will propel the submarines being built by BAE Systems in Adelaide, Australia. The Virginia-class submarines will be primarily from a U.K. design and will have a U.S. weapons system onboard. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 遠東商銀全新Podcast節目《十樂不設 💰進人生》 跟著演藝圈最會存錢的小梁哥梁赫群,一起學習金融知識、理財心法! 讓你財富不設限、快樂不受限 ! 現在聽節目還有機會抽住宿券喔! 收聽連結:https://reurl.cc/krbz5r
3/22/20246 minutes, 26 seconds
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EZ News 03/21/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened flat this morning at 19,784 on turnover of 5.5-billion N-T. The market closed lower on Wednesday - as early gains lost momentum amid investor caution ahead of the conclusion of the U-S Federal Reserve's two-day policymaking meeting. Selling emerged as the Tai-Ex closed in on the 20,000-point mark, which took a toll on large-cap semiconductor stocks, as investors opted to pocket gains form recent sessions to push down the broader market to negative territory. Foreign Minister Stresses Taiwan's Presence in Haiti Unaffected by Unrest Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says Taiwan's projects in Haiti are continuing as normal and there are no signs that unrest in Port-au-Prince will affect bilateral relations. According to Wu, diplomatic cooperation with Haiti also appears to be solid (堅固的), as political leaders there likely to take charge following the establishment of a transitional council are all in close contact with Taiwan. Speaking at a legislative hearing, the foreign minister told lawmakers that his office has evacuation contingencies ready and rehearsed, but there is currently no need to withdraw Taiwan nationals from the county. Central Bank Releases Presidential Inauguration Commemorative Coins The central bank has has released commemorative coins to celebrate the upcoming May 20 inauguration of President-elect Lai Ching-te and Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim. The coins feature images of Lai and Hsiao on one side and the insignia (徽章) of the Presidential Office on the other. The gold coin costs 72,000 N-T, while the silver version is priced at 1,800 N-T. However, only 10,000 gold coins and 50,000 silver coins are being made available. According to the central bank, the images embossed (浮雕的) on the coins are based on photographs provided by the offices of the incoming president and vice president. Japan Opposition Calls for Testimony in Fundraising Skimming Case Opposition lawmakers in Japan are calling for ruling LDP members to give a sworn testimony (宣誓證詞) before parliament over allegations of skimming from fundraising proceeds. Senior LDP members are accused of failing to report more than four million dollars of ticket sales to fundraising events. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. UN Warning on EWaste U.N. agencies have warned that waste from electronics is piling up worldwide while recycling rates remain low and are likely to fall even further. The agencies are referring to “e-waste,” which is defined as discarded devices with a plug or battery, including cellphones, e-cigarettes, laptop computers and solar panels. It does not include waste from electronic vehicles. In a new report released Wednesday, the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union and research arm UNITAR said nearly 62 million tons of “e-waste” was generated in 2022. They said some contained hazardous (危險的) elements like mercury, as well as rare Earth metals coveted by tech companies. And they say it’s on track to reach 82 million tons by 2030. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 3月底前,成功開立將來銀行數位帳戶,享活儲利率最高3.5%,利息最高領1400元! 出國旅遊或綁定行動支付,消費滿5仟再享最高3.5%回饋。 將來銀行由中華電信、兆豐銀行、全聯等6大股東共同創立,讓你實現金融自由,理財帶著走。 立即開戶:https://nxb.tw/5njf7z/
3/21/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 03/20/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 22-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,879 on turnover of 4.8-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Tuesday as the main board moved in consolidation for most of the session as investor sentiment turned cautious, as they await the conclusion of the U-S Federal Reserve's two-day policymaking meeting. Legislative Committee to Travel to Taiping Island The convener of the Legislative Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee says its members will be traveling to Taiping Island in the South China Sea. According to K-M-T lawmaker Ma Wen-chun, the trip will be taking place on May 16 and is aimed at inspecting a new wharf, reviewing other ongoing maintenance (維護、保養) projects and getting a better understanding of the garrison's combat readiness. The announcement comes as K-M-T lawmakers are calling on President Tsai Ing-wen to travel to Taiping Island as a sign of support for Taiwan's sovereignty over the island. The Coast Guard Administration and the Ministry of National Defense earlier this week held a ceremony marking the opening of the new wharf on Taiping Island. E*Smart City Net Zero City Expositions kick off in Taipei And finally, The 2024 Smart City Summit & Expo and the 2050 Net Zero City Expo are underway in this week in Taipei. According to the Taipei Computer Association, the two events are welcoming some 495 city heads and city administrators from 112 cities in 46 countries and over 1,697 international professional buyers. Association chairman Paul Peng says the two expositions (博覽會) have been held together since last year, and involve enterprises and government departments sharing how 5-G and artificial intelligence of things have been applied to building smarter and cleaner cities. The smart city expo will also be taking place in Kaohsiung tomorrow. SCOTUS Allows Texas Immigration Law The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a controversial immigration law in Texas to come into effect. Senate Bill 4 gives police the power to detain (扣留) people suspected of crossing the border illegally. The Biden administration has tried to block the legislation. William Denselow reports from Austin, Texas. UN Weather Agency Warning on Climate Change The U.N. weather agency is sounding a “red alert” about global warming. The World Meteorological Organization, in its “State of the Global Climate” report, ratcheted up concerns that the world may not be able to limit planetary warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. The report finds that in 2023, over 90% of ocean waters experienced heat wave conditions at least once. Glaciers monitored since 1950 lost the most ice on record. Antarctic sea ice retreated to its lowest level ever. But the U.N. agency also acknowledged “a glimmer of hope”, saying renewable energy generation capacity (容量) from wind, solar and waterpower rose nearly 50% from 2022 The report comes as climate experts and government ministers are to gather in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, on Thursday and Friday to press for greater climate action, including increased national commitments to fight global warming. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/20/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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EZ News 03/19/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 81-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,798 on turnover of 6.7-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Monday to close the trading day up 197-points on the back of investor interest in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing - which returned to its prior ex-dividend level shortly after the market opened. TSMC to Build Advanced IC Packaging Plants in Chiayi Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan has announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing will build two advanced I-C packaging plants in Chiayi County. According to the Vice Premier, T-S-M-C's first -IC packaging plant using the sophisticated Chip on Wafer on Substrate technology in Chiayi is scheduled to break ground in May. Construction of the first Chiayi plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2026 with mass production scheduled to begin in 2028. T-S-M-C says the Chiayi investments seek to meet strong growing market demand for sophisticated (精密的,複雜的) I-C packaging services for chips related to artificial intelligence applications. Lawmakers Establish Czech Republic and Austria Parliamentary Friendship Group Lawmakers from across party lines have established a new parliamentary friendship group for the Czech Republic and Austria. The group is a reorganization of the parliamentary friendship group for Czechia, which was established during the previous (以前的) Legislature. The newly formed group covering the two European countries is headed K-M-T lawmaker Wan Mei-ling and includes 11 other lawmakers as vice-chairs - who come from the K-M-T, the D-P-P and the Taiwan People's Party. According to Wan, some 50 members of the Legislature have so far joined the group, and more expected to join in the coming weeks. Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chong-guang is thanking lawmakers for their efforts to promote friendship with their foreign counterparts - saying friendship group could help his office boost practical collaborations and interactions with the two countries. Bank of Japan to Announce End of Negative Rates The Bank of Japan is widely expected to end negative interest rates when a two day policy meeting concludes today. Analysts believe record wage hikes recently announced by large companies have created the conditions the bank needs to begin phasing out (逐步廢除) quantitive easing. Chris Gilbert reports from Japan. UK Banksy Unveils New Artwork A new Banksy mural has drawn crowds to a London street. The artwork in the Finsbury Park neighborhood covers the wall of a four-story building and shows a small figure holding a pressure hose beside a large cherry tree. Banksy claimed the work by posting before and after photos on his official Instagram account. The new attraction drew on Monday a stream of onlookers (圍觀者) who took photos and snapped selfies. Many discerned an environmental message in the vibrant green artwork, which appeared on St. Patrick’s Day. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/19/20245 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 03/18/24

I'm _______, with today's episode of EZ News. ---- Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 23-points this morning from Friday's close, at 19,706 on turnover of 8-billion N-T. The market tumbled by over 250-points on Friday, following the release of a mixed batch of data on the U-S economy - which dashed investor hopes that America's central Bank will ease off on interest rate hike anytime soon. ---- Flash Mob Protesters Slam MOTC's Amendments to Traffic Act Road safety activists have been taking to the streets of seven cities and counties to protest a decision by the government to amend the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act and ease punishments for some traffic violations. People to the streets of Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Yunlin County for around 30 minutes. The protests were organized by the Taiwan Vision Zero Alliance. And participants called for improved road construction, adequate complementary measures to the law, retraining procedures for drivers, reform of how traffic regulations are enforced, and for the amendment draft to be retracted. The Cabinet approved the amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act two weeks ago. ---- Tsai Joins Baishatun Mazu Pilgrimage for 6th Year President Tsai Ing-wen has joined the annual Bai-Sha-Tun Mazu Pilgrimage for a sixth consecutive year after it got underway at just past midnight in Miaoli County. Prior to the event getting underway , Tsai participated in a cleansing ritual for the palanquin that bears a statue of the sea goddess Mazu on a nine-day procession to the Chao-Tian Temple in Yunlin's Bei-Gang Township and back. Holding a pot of burning incense, Tsai circled the palanquin several times to cleanse it before the procession got underway. Organizers say some 180,000 people have registered to participate in the approximately 400 kilometer pilgrimage this year. ---- NKorea Fires Ballistic Missiles North Korea fired multiple short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, days after the end of the South Korean-U.S. military drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told a parliamentary session today that North Korea fired “a number of” ballistic missiles into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. He said no damage or injuries has been reported and denounced North Korea’s repeated tests as acts that threaten the region. ---- C*US Biden and Trump Trade Barbs US President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump took aim at each other in speeches delivered over the weekend, as the two men prepare for a widely expected rematch for the White House. Our Washington correspondent Jagruti Dave has more ---- Uber to Settle with Australian Cabbies Global rideshare giant Uber will pay $178 million to settle a long-running dispute with Australian taxi and hire car drivers who lost out when the company entered the Australian market. A class action suit against Uber had been expected to go to trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria today, but lawyers acting on behalf of 8,000 taxi and hire car drivers said the case will be dropped because Uber agreed to the financial settlement. It’s the fifth-largest class action settlement in Australia’s history and comes five years after the action was launched. ---- That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/18/20246 minutes, 40 seconds
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EZ News 03/15/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 92-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,845 on turnover of $9.6-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan inched up Thursday to close at a new high, after recovering from early losses in the bellwether electronics sector, even as sentiment remained cautious ahead of the United States' release of its February producer price index later in the day. The financial sector was the main anchor, helping to stabilize the market as some financial firms offered attractive dividend policies, and buying also rotated to some old economy stocks, giving the main board additional support. Decision on carbon fee rates could be delayed: Minister Minister of the Environment Shieu Fuh-sheng says a decision on carbon fee rates (費率) by a review committee may be delayed. Shieu announced in February that a decision on the rates would be made by the end of March, but now says there were now "no guarantees" due to changes to the "wider environment." The minister cited the expected raising of electricity rates in Taiwan in April, and difficulties in Taiwan's petrochemical industry as factors. Many Taiwanese companies in the petrochemical industry are included in the 550 big emitters emitting more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year that are to be charged carbon fees by the government. Shieu says the review committee is meeting for the first time today, and will not yet have any final decisions. Nigerian School Children Kidnappers Demand Ransom Gunmen who kidnapped about 300 school children in Nigeria's Kaduna state last week are demanding a ransom (贖金) for their release. Tesem Akende reports. Haiti Presidential Council Plans Moving Forward Caribbean officials say a plan to create a transitional presidential council is moving forward after a majority of Haitian parties and coalitions submitted the names of those charged with finding new leaders for the country. Officials said Thursday that the names were provided to a regional trade bloc known as Caricom that is helping lead the transition. The names were submitted a day after Haitian politicians and influential figures bickered (爭吵) publicly about the plan and what names to submit, seemingly putting creation of the council at risk. Prime Minister Ariel Henry pledged to resign once the council is created. UK Court Rules Against Claim to Cryptocurrency Fame Britain’s high court has ruled that an Australian computer scientist is not, as he claimed, the mysterious creator of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Craig Wright has for eight years claimed that he was the man behind “Satoshi Nakamoto,” the pseudonym that masked the identity of the creator of bitcoin. His claim was dismissed Thursday following a trial brought forward by the Crypto Open Patent Alliance, a non-profit group of technology and cryptocurrency firms. The organization claimed Wright had created an “elaborate (詳盡的,複雜的) false narrative” and forged documents to suggest he was Satoshi and had “terrorized” those who questioned him. Wright, who attended the start of the five-week trial, denied the allegations. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 3/6-3/19統一麵包 限時菠蘿派對任選第2件省10元 快跟統一麵包 究極™湯種 一起「究」鬆軟 堅持12小時熟成、60小時發酵工法 就是統一麵包Q彈鬆軟的美味秘訣 人氣熱銷經典菠蘿系列商品,快到7-11品嚐吧! https://bit.ly/3vblClD
3/15/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 03/14/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 7.9-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,921 on turnover of $7.4-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher on profit taking Wednesday as investors shifted to the sell side after seeing the main board hit a fresh intraday high of more than 20,100 points. Market sentiment turned cautious due to higher than expected U.S. February inflation data, which created more uncertainties about when and how the Federal Reserve will start its rate cut cycle. Chinese Vessel Capsized Off Kinmen, CGA Search Underway Search and rescue operations are underway, after another Chinese fishing vessel capsized off Kinmen this morning. Media reports say the boat sank 1.1 nautical miles southwest of Dong-ding Island in Kinmen at around 6am, and the Coast Guard Administration says 4 of its vessels have been dispatched to the scene. The reports say China has also dispatched (派遣) helicopters and rescue ships, and at least 5 crew members were on board, with some news outlets reporting that 2 have died while two others have been rescued. The coast guard has also reportedly notified local fishing associations to call nearby commercial ships and fishing boats to join in rescue efforts. The Ministry of National Defense says it has also instructed the Air Force, Navy, and Kinmen Defense Command to continue monitoring the situation. (NS) NKorea Kim Joins Troops in Tank Training North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has joined his troops in training to operate newly developed battle tanks and called for bigger efforts to prepare for war. The North’s tank training was seen as a response (反應) to the annual 11-day South Korean-U.S. military drills that are to end later Thursday. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency says the training happened on Wednesday to inspect tankmen’s combat capabilities and involved the new-type main battle tank. It says Kim mounted one of the new-type tanks and drove it himself. Japan US to Return Osprey to Service Japanese officials say the U.S. and Japanese militaries will resume flights of Osprey aircraft in Japan after completing necessary maintenance and training following a fatal crash last November. Japan’s Defense Ministry says the two countries have discussed the resumption of Osprey flights in Japan since the U.S. announced last Friday that the aircraft has been approved to return to service after an “unprecedented” (史無前例的) part failure led to the deaths of eight U.S. service members in the crash in Japan. The entire U.S. Osprey fleet was grounded on Dec. 6, a week after that crash, while Japan's military also grounded all of its 14 Ospreys. Japan's Defense Ministry said that each of the U.S. forces will have separate return-to-flight schedules, but the Osprey flights will be limited to areas around their bases for the time being. US Trump to Attend Florida Hearing Over Classified Documents Donald Trump is expected to attend a hearing today [THURSDAY] in the federal case over his handling of classified documents after leaving office. The former president's lawyers are seeking to have the criminal charges dismissed (駁回) ahead of a trial. Ira Spitzer reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 3/6-3/19統一麵包 限時菠蘿派對任選第2件省10元 快跟統一麵包 究極™湯種 一起「究」鬆軟 堅持12小時熟成、60小時發酵工法 就是統一麵包Q彈鬆軟的美味秘訣 人氣熱銷經典菠蘿系列商品,快到7-11品嚐吧! https://bit.ly/3vblClD
3/14/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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EZ News 03/13/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 110-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 20,025 on turnover of $10.5-billion N-T. No plans for absentee voting for elections in Taiwan: Premier Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said the government has no plans at present to allow for absentee voting. Opposition parties in Taiwan have been pushing for absentee voting after the recent presidential election saw the second lowest voter turnout in history. Chen said election systems would need to be strengthened and further planning and research would be needed before absentee voting could be implemented in Taiwan. Interior Minister Lin Yu-chang echoed Chen's sentiments, stating that while absentee voting could be suitable for referendums, it poses challenges for regular elections. In February, a draft bill allowing absentee voting for referendums was approved, but it does not apply to citizens living abroad. The opposition KMT proposed extending this measure to presidential elections and including mail-in ballots, but ruling DPP lawmakers expressed concerns about potential interference (干涉) from China. Turnout in recent elections in Taiwan has been declining, with factors such as the inconvenience of traveling to vote contributing to this trend. (CNA-IG) IAEA Inspects Discharge at Fukushima The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says he’s satisfied with Japan’s handling of the release of treated, nuclear contaminated wastewater from Fukushima. He is inspecting the discharge (釋放) site on Wednesday, his first visit since Japan began the project in August. Chris Gilbert reports. UN Food Agency Sounds Alarm for Haiti The U.N. food agency’s director in Haiti says that 4 million people face “acute food insecurity” and one million of them are one step away from famine. Jean-Martin Bauer told a virtual press conference that he’s “ringing the alarm bell” because the recent increase in gang violence has made a very bad situation even worse and displaced (流離失所) an additional 15-thousand people — just over the first weekend in March in the capital, Port-au-Prince. He says that brings the total number of displaced people in Haiti to over 360-thousand, and the U.N. says half of them are children. Romania President to Enter Race as NATO Leader Romania’s president says he will enter the race to become the next leader of the 32-nation NATO military alliance, emphasizing his country’s proximity to Ukraine and the threat from Russia. President Klaus Iohannis wants to succeed Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who has been NATO’s top civilian official since 2014 and has made clear he will not be staying. Romania, a NATO member since 2004, borders Ukraine and has played an increasingly prominent (著名的) role in the alliance throughout Russia’s full-scale invasion. NATO officials and envoys want the nomination for Stoltenberg's successor wrapped up by the end of April. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 3/6-3/19統一麵包 限時菠蘿派對任選第2件省10元 快跟統一麵包 究極™湯種 一起「究」鬆軟 堅持12小時熟成、60小時發酵工法 就是統一麵包Q彈鬆軟的美味秘訣 人氣熱銷經典菠蘿系列商品,快到7-11品嚐吧! https://reurl.cc/OGoKVr
3/13/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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EZ News 03/12/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 53-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,673 on turnover of $7.9-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed lower Monday, led by large cap semiconductor stocks, in particular contract chipmaker TSMC, with selling sparked after U.S. chip stocks suffered a tumble at the end of last week. However, buying rotated to other tech stocks in the downstream segment with iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in focus, while select old economy industries as well as the financial sector also attracted bargain hunting due to their relatively low valuations. Moon rock display from U.S. back at National Museum of History The National Museum of History says it has retrieved (取回) lunar samples which had been gifted to Taiwan by the late U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1969. It was first exhibited at the museum in Taipei in 1970, one year after Nixon gave it to Taiwan. The display and moon soil samples that came with it were then relocated to Academia Sinica's Institute of Physics for safekeeping, before being given to Taichung's National Museum of Natural Science in 1994. Those samples are now back at the Taipei museum and are part of a show marking its reopening on February 21st after a nearly six-year renovation. The wooden case display contains four moon rock fragments encased inside a piece of acrylic lucite semi-sphere. In the display, the lunar specimens are mounted above a flag of the Republic of China, Taiwan's legal name, which was flown to the moon and back on the Apollo 11 mission. (CNA-IG) US Assessing Export Controls on China The U.S. Commerce Secretary says Washington is constantly reviewing the need to expand export controls (出口管制) to stop China from acquiring advanced computer chips and manufacturing equipment that can be used to boost China's military. AP's Lisa Dwyer reports. UNESCO on Rebuilding Ukraine The United Nations cultural and scientific agency says Ukraine will need more than a billion dollars to rebuild its scientific infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed during two years of Russia's war on its neighbor. UNESCO says that some 1,443 scientific facilities, many attached to universities, have been damaged or destroyed along with 750 pieces of vital technical equipment, most of which is beyond repair. The war, now in its third year, has also depleted (耗盡的) the science sector of funds and dispersed Ukraine’s scientists, displacing many within the country and sending others into exile (流放). The report says the cost of rebuilding the sector currently stands at $1.26 billion US dollars. Sweden Flag Raised at NATO Headquarters Sweden’s national flag has been raised at NATO headquarters to cement the Nordic country’s place as the 32nd member. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Crown Princess Victoria and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg attended the ceremony in Brussels. Sweden set aside decades of post-World War II neutrality (中立性) when it formally joined NATO on March 7-th. This comes more than two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine which persuaded Sweden's reluctant (勉強的、不情願的) public to seek safety under the alliance’s security umbrella. Finland joined last year in another historic move ending years of military nonalignment (不結盟狀態). That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/12/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 03/11/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 113-points this morning from Friday's close, at 19,672 on turnover of $9.3-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed moderately higher after a volatile session Friday, coming off a fresh intraday high with the main board hitting 20,000 points for the first time in history. Contract chipmaker TSMC remained an anchor on the back of the continued frenzy over artificial intelligence, preventing the broader market from falling into negative territory when stiff technical resistance arose ahead of 20,000 points, while the old economy sector largely moved in weakness with funds squeezed by tech stocks. Tuvalu prime minister to attend Taiwan presidential inauguration The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Tuvalu's new Prime Minister will be attending the inauguration of President-elect Lai Ching-te. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tien Chung-kwang visited the island nation last week as part of a delegation. MOFA said Tien extended an invitation to Prime Minister Feleti Teo, who accepted. Tuvalu officials said the Taiwan delegation was the first to visit and congratulate Tuvalu on its formation (形成) of a new government, and that it will keep supporting Taiwan's global involvement and strengthen bilateral ties. (CNA-IG) Crowd of 1 million at Taiwan Lantern Festival closing night Local officials say as many as one million visitors descended on Tainan for the closing night of the Taiwan Lantern Festival Sunday. The city government said annual traveling lantern display hosted in Tainan is set to record total visits of more than 15 million. Organizers of the 2023 edition of the event in Taipei said it attracted a record high of over 12 million visits. This year's event officially opened on Feb. 24, when President Tsai Ing-wen turned on the main dragon display to mark the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. 1.07 million visits to the Anping site and the site were recorded near Taiwan High Speed Rail's Tainan Station on the penultimate (倒數第二的) day of the event. US Flies Forces to Haiti for Security The U.S. is flying forces to Haiti for embassy security and some evacuations (疏散). AP correspondent Julie Walker reports Tibetans in India Protest Against China Hundreds of Tibetans in exile have held a protest march in New Delhi to commemorate the 65th Tibetan National Uprising Day against China. Over 300 protesters gathered near India’s Parliament House and marched . The protesters carried Tibetan flags and photographs of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who has made the Indian hillside town of Dharmsala his headquarters since fleeing (逃跑) from Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. India considers Tibet to be part of China, though it hosts the Tibetan exiles. Saudi Arabia Declares Start of Ramadan Officials in Saudi Arabia have declared the start of the fasting month of Ramadan after sighting the crescent moon Sunday night. The announcement marks the beginning of Ramadan for many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. The sacred month sees those observing abstain (戒絕) from food and water from sunrise to sunset, and take part in family gatherings, religious reflection (深思), and giving. Some Asia-Pacific countries like Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, will begin Ramadan on Tuesday after failing to see the crescent moon. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/11/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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EZ News 03/08/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 273-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,966 on turnover of $13.1-billion N-T. The market once again ended the trading at a new record high on Thursday - as it neared the 19,700-point mark on the back of strong investor interest in the electronics sector. The electronics index drove the market's gains - finishing up 1.51-per cent - while the semiconductor sub-index closed the day up 2.91-per cent. Use of Chili and Curry Powder Banned in School Lunches Islandwide All of Taiwan's cities and counties have now introduced temporary bans on the use of chili and curry powder in school lunches amid concerns over the presence of banned industrial dyes. The move comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced that a total of 15 shipments of chili powder imported from China were found to contain Sudan dyes during test carried out February 9 through March 2. That has resulted in the recall of a total of 122,588-kilograms of chili powder and related food products, including curry powder. Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan says he respects the local government's decision to temporarily ban the use of chili and curry powder in school lunches - and says that investigation into the distribution (分發) of the problematic substances wil be completed in about a month. US Building Port for Gaza Aid Deliveries US President Joe Biden will announce in his State of the Union speech that US forces will create a temporary port on Gaza's coast to increase humanitarian aid deliveries. Biden has been under pressure from within his own party to do more to alleviate (減輕) the suffering of Palestinians stuck in the Gaza Strip. Nick Harper reports from Washington. UK to Provide More Drones to Ukraine Britain says it's providing 10-thousand drones to arm Ukraine in its fight against Russia. U.K. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement Thursday during a visit with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. The investment includes $160 million of new funding on top of $256 million previously committed for drones. The weaponry will include 1,000 kamikaze (自殺式的) drones and models that target ships. Ukrainian sea drones reportedly sank another Russian warship in the Black Sea this week, the latest in a series of strikes that has crippled Moscow’s naval capability. US Woman Completes Global Solo Challenge Cole Brauer became the first American woman to race nonstop around the world by herself when she arrived Thursday in A Coruna, Spain. The 29-year-old is one of more than a dozen sailors competing in the Global Solo Challenge. Brauer was the youngest and only woman in the group that set sail (啟航) in October from A Coruna. The race took Brauer around Africa's Cape of Good Hope and past Australia. The race took her 130 days to complete. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/8/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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EZ News 03/07/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 178-points this morning from yesterday's close to surge past the 19,500-point mark and hit 19,678 on turnover of 10 -billion N-T. The market ended the trading day at yet another record high on Wednesday, after recovering earlier losses, as investors opted to ignore a downturn on Wall Street overnight. The bellwether electronics sector led the broader market higher - with artificial intelligence development-related stocks continuing to be the main focus of investor interest. US Urges Beijing to 'Engage in Meaningful Dialogue' with Taiwan The U-S State Department is calling for China to cease its pressure campaign against Taiwan and "engage in meaningful dialogue." The statement comes after China's Defense Ministry spokesperson Zhang Xiao-gang reiterated Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan during a press conference - and went on to say "there is no so-called 'central line' across the Taiwan Strait." According to a State Department spokesperson, the United States has "consistently urged restraint and no change to the status quo," a policy that has preserved (保護,維護) peace in the region for decades and is a matter of global concern. MAC Bans Group Travel to China from June 1 The Mainland Affairs Council has banned group travel to China after June 1 - saying such tours will not be allowed unless China allows group travel to Taiwan. According to the council, the reopening of group travel to China is unacceptable, as it would widen Taiwan's tourism deficit with China. The council says prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan's tourism deficit with China stood at 6.6-billion N-T and if tour groups are allowed to travel there after June 1 that deficit will substantially (在很大程度上) increase. Speaking at a legislative hearing council minister Chiu Tai-san told lawmakers the decision to ban such tours is also related to China's unilaterally changing its M-503 flight route, as it is clearly a political move aimed at interfering with Taiwan's affairs. UN: Migrant Deaths Hit New High Last Year The U.N. migration agency says more than 8,500 migrants died on land and sea routes worldwide last year, a record high since it began counting deaths a decade ago. The International Organization for Migration says the biggest increase in deaths last year was on the Mediterranean Sea crossing, with more than 3,000. It said most of the deaths last year came from drowning. The count also includes migrants who vanished — often while trying to cross by sea — and are presumed (假定,假設) dead. Rust Armourer Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter The armourer who loaded the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna [HA LEEN A] Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The actor Alec Baldwin who was holding the weapon when it discharged (開(槍)), faces the same charges at a trial set to take place this summer. Ira Spitzer reports. SpaceX to Acquire Land from Texas SpaceX is set to acquire (購得) public land from Texas after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a land-swapping deal that would cede 17 hectares to entrepreneur Elon Musk's company in exchange for about 190 hectares that are yet to be bought. The business is looking to expand its rocket-launch operations in the property close to Brownsville, Texas. Local stakeholders voiced their opposition to the deal, but the commission voted unanimously in favor of it. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/7/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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EZ News 03/06/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 103-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,283 on turnover of 5.7-billion N-T. The market closed at yet another historic high on Tuesday, driven by artificial intelligence development-related stocks. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing only managed slight gains, after leading the market higher during the previous session. However, other AI-related stocks saw increased investor interest. MOFA's Tien in Tuvalu to Congratulate New Government Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang is visiting Tuvalu this week in his capacity (職位,) as a special envoy for President Tsai Ing-wen to congratulate the Pacific islands' new government. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tien will be attending a series of events following the appointment of Feleti Teo as Tuvalu's new prime minister late last month and his newly formed Cabinet. The ministry says along with holding talks with Teo, Tien is also scheduled to meet with Tuvalu's governor-general and foreign minister to discuss bilateral cooperation projects. Dumpling and Instant Noodle Makers Report Tainted Chili Powder Health authorities in Kaohsiung says restaurant chain Bafang Dumpling and instant noodle maker Wei Lih Foods both purchased (購買) chili powder from importers that have since been found to contain Sudan industrial dye. According to Kaohsiung City Health Department, prosecutors were asked to seize 32,739 kilograms of chili powder imported from China by the two companies after tests found samples contained the banned chemicals at a concentration of 4 to 8 parts per billion. Chia Guang International and Gin Zhan International have been issued with fines totaling 3.06-million N-T for violations of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. Those violations include entering false information in the government's food product tracing system. ICC Issues Arrest Warrants for Russian Military Officers The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for two high-ranking Russian military officers on charges linked to attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. The court announced warrants Tuesday for a Russian lieutenant general who was commander of the Long-Range Aviation of the Aerospace Force at the times of the alleged crimes. Also wanted is a Russian navy admiral who is the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. They are wanted for the war crime of directing attacks at civilian objects, causing excessive (過多的) incidental (附帶的) harm to civilians or damage to civilian objects, and the crime against humanity of inhumane acts. Italian lawmakers approve Red Sea shipping mission Italian lawmakers have given the green light to the country's involvement in Operation Aspides. The joint EU mission will see naval vessels (海軍艦艇) deployed in the Red Sea, protecting commercial shipping from attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Giles Gibson has more from Rome. France Announces Scaled Back Opening Ceremony Plans The French government says tourists won’t be allowed to watch the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics for free. Organizers had planned a large-scale opening ceremony along the Seine River on July 26-th for up to 600-thousand people. But security and logistical concerns have led the government to progressively scale back ambitions. Now, Interior Ministry officials said 222-thousand spectators can watch for free from the upper embankments (堤岸). But access will be allocated via quotas, primarily to select residents or employees of towns hosting Olympic events. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 3/6-3/19統一麵包 限時菠蘿派對任選第2件省10元 快跟統一麵包 究極™湯種 一起「究」鬆軟 堅持12小時熟成、60小時發酵工法 就是統一麵包Q彈鬆軟的美味秘訣 人氣熱銷經典菠蘿系列商品,快到7-11品嚐吧! https://reurl.cc/OGoKVr
3/6/20246 minutes, 32 seconds
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EZ News 03/05/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 93-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,398 on turnover of 7.9-billion N-T. The market closed at yet another new all-time high on Monday, led by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing after its American depositary receipts soared on Wall Street at the end of last week. Audio of Kinmen Boat Collision Turned over to Prosecutors The Coast Guard Administration says it has handed over audio recordings of the February 14 fatal capsizing of a Chinese speedboat in waters near Kinmen to prosecutors. Confirmation that recordings have been give to the Kinmen District Prosecutors' Office were made by Coast Guard Director-General Zhou Mei-wu during a Legislative hearing. According to Zhou, along with handing over audio records, his office has also provided prosecutors with radar information showing the vessels' exact (精確的) movements. Zhou also denied reports the Coast Guard patrol boat had "rammed and overturned the Chinese vessel. Michigan Governor Arrives in Taiwan to Open State Office The governor of the U-S state of Michigan has formally opened office to facilitate exchanges between the state and Taiwan in areas such as commerce, culture and education. According Gretchen Whitmer, the opening of the Michigan Taiwan Office "is an extension of a partnership that has been built over the years between Taiwan and United States." Whitmer says Taiwan's world leading expertise in the fields of semiconductors and clean energy make it a perfect match for cooperation with the Michigan State government, which is currently pursuing (追求) clean energy by transitioning to electric vehicles. France becomes fist country to enshrine abortion in Constitution French parliamentarians have voted to enshrine the right to access abortion services into the constitution. Lawmakers and senators overwhelmingly (壓倒性地) approved the changes in a rare joint session of parliament at the Chateau of Versailles. Ross Cullen reports. Greece Rescues 100 Migrants in Distressed Vessel Greek authorities say they have rescued 100 migrants found on a smuggling vessel in distress off the country’s southern mainland. The coast guard says the migrants were taken off their vessel by a tugboat that had been ordered to the area and safely carried them to a southeastern village on Monday. No injuries have been reported. The area where the incident occurred is on a route used by smugglers to send migrants in overcrowded sailing yachts from Turkey to Italy, skirting southern Greece and avoiding the heavily patrolled (巡邏的) waters off the eastern Aegean Sea islands. EU Fines Apple Over Subscription The European Union has fined Apple nearly $2 billion by forbidding rivals like Spotify from telling users how they could pay for cheaper subscriptions outside of iPhone apps. Monday's move is the 27-nation bloc’s first antitrust penalty against the U.S. tech giant. The EU's executive commission says Apple muzzled streaming services from telling people about payment options available through their websites. That would avoid the 30% fee charged when people pay through apps downloaded with the iOS App Store. A complaint from Spotify triggered the investigation amid a years-long feud with Apple over music streaming supremacy. Apple says the EU didn't “uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm” and vowed to appeal (上訴). That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/5/20246 minutes, 3 seconds
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EZ News 03/05/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 93-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19,398 on turnover of 7.9-billion N-T. The market closed at yet another new all-time high on Monday, led by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing after its American depositary receipts soared on Wall Street at the end of last week. Audio of Kinmen Boat Collision Turned over to Prosecutors The Coast Guard Administration says it has handed over audio recordings of the February 14 fatal capsizing of a Chinese speedboat in waters near Kinmen to prosecutors. Confirmation that recordings have been give to the Kinmen District Prosecutors' Office were made by Coast Guard Director-General Zhou Mei-wu during a Legislative hearing. According to Zhou, along with handing over audio records, his office has also provided prosecutors with radar information showing the vessels' exact (精確的) movements. Zhou also denied reports the Coast Guard patrol boat had "rammed and overturned the Chinese vessel. Michigan Governor Arrives in Taiwan to Open State Office The governor of the U-S state of Michigan has formally opened office to facilitate exchanges between the state and Taiwan in areas such as commerce, culture and education. According Gretchen Whitmer, the opening of the Michigan Taiwan Office "is an extension of a partnership that has been built over the years between Taiwan and United States." Whitmer says Taiwan's world leading expertise in the fields of semiconductors and clean energy make it a perfect match for cooperation with the Michigan State government, which is currently pursuing (追求) clean energy by transitioning to electric vehicles. France becomes fist country to enshrine abortion in Constitution French parliamentarians have voted to enshrine the right to access abortion services into the constitution. Lawmakers and senators overwhelmingly (壓倒性地) approved the changes in a rare joint session of parliament at the Chateau of Versailles. Ross Cullen reports. Greece Rescues 100 Migrants in Distressed Vessel Greek authorities say they have rescued 100 migrants found on a smuggling vessel in distress off the country’s southern mainland. The coast guard says the migrants were taken off their vessel by a tugboat that had been ordered to the area and safely carried them to a southeastern village on Monday. No injuries have been reported. The area where the incident occurred is on a route used by smugglers to send migrants in overcrowded sailing yachts from Turkey to Italy, skirting southern Greece and avoiding the heavily patrolled (巡邏的) waters off the eastern Aegean Sea islands. EU Fines Apple Over Subscription The European Union has fined Apple nearly $2 billion by forbidding rivals like Spotify from telling users how they could pay for cheaper subscriptions outside of iPhone apps. Monday's move is the 27-nation bloc’s first antitrust penalty against the U.S. tech giant. The EU's executive commission says Apple muzzled streaming services from telling people about payment options available through their websites. That would avoid the 30% fee charged when people pay through apps downloaded with the iOS App Store. A complaint from Spotify triggered the investigation amid a years-long feud with Apple over music streaming supremacy. Apple says the EU didn't “uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm” and vowed to appeal (上訴). That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/5/20246 minutes, 3 seconds
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EZ News 03/04/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 16-points this morning from Friday's close, at 18,952 on turnover of 4.6-billion N-T. The market closed marginally lower on Friday, despite Wall Street climbing to all-time high overnight. New Taipei to Fine Tainted Chinese Chili Powder Importer The New Taipei City Department of Health says it will fine the company responsible for importing chili powder from China found to contain a carcinogenic dye 2-million N- T for violating the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. According to city officials, Bao Hsin Enterprises imported chili powder containing Sudan III from China and supplied it to downstream (下游) food companies islandwide. Officials say Bao Hsin was informed that its imported chili powder was substandard by some of those companies, but failed to take any action to initiate a product recall, which could have prevented the tainted powder from being used in food products. The New Taipei District Prosecutors' Office took Bao Hsin head, Liu Ching-shih into custody this past weekend. Tourism Development Fund to End Debt Financing if Target are Met The Tourism Administration says the government's tourism promotion fund is expected to end debt financing one year ahead of schedule, if the tourist arrival target of 12-million visitors for this year is met. The Tourism Development Fund generated (產生的) 5.866-billion N-T in revenue last year excluding the special government budget, which was about 70-per cent of the pre-coronavirus pandemic average revenue of 6.1-billion N-T. The fund's current book debt is 400 million N-T. Data shows that more than 6.48-million tourists visited Taiwan last year. Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea were the largest sources of visitors. US VP and Israeli to Discuss Gaza Ceasefire The Vice President of the United States is due to meet with a member of Israel's war cabinet in Washington later today to discuss how to get humanitarian aid into Gaza. Kamala Harris and Benny Gantz are also expected to talk about the need for a temporary (暫時的) ceasefire. According to Gantz's office he will also meet US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Our US correspondent Jagruti Dave has more. Malaysia Gov Considers New Proposal for MH370 Search Malaysia’s government says it may renew the search for MH370 after a U.S. technology firm proposed a fresh search in the southern Indian Ocean where the Malaysia Airlines plane is believed to have crashed. The plane with 239 people aboard vanished a decade ago while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia's transport minister says that Texas-based Ocean Infinity proposed (提議) another “no find, no fee” search, expanding from the site where it first looked in 2018. He said he has invited the company to meet him to evaluate new evidence it has to find the plane’s final resting place. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/4/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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EZ News 03/01/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 55-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 19-thousand-21 on turnover of $6.3-billion N-T. The market closed at yet another new high on Thursday - as buying on the broader market largely came before M-S-C-I's quarterly index adjustments went into effect after the market closed. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing bucked the upturn and declined by 0.94-per cent due to the stock's American depositary receipts falling on Wall Street overnight. Gender Pay Gap Narrowed in 2023 The Ministry of Labor says this year's Equal Pay Day fell on February 23, four days earlier than in 2023, based on its estimate that women needed to work until this point in 2024 to achieve the same 2023 salary as men. According to the ministry, women had to work an average of 54 more days than men to earn the same income because their salaries were on average 14.7-per cent lower than their male counterparts (對應的人或物) in 2023. The average hourly salary for female employees in 2023 was 318 N-T compared with 373 N-T for men. Ukraine: Russia Pushing Hard Against Defensive Position Kyiv officials say Russian forces are pushing hard against more Ukrainian towns and villages in eastern and southeastern Ukraine as Moscow tries to press its current advantage (優勢) in weapons and troops. Ukraine said Thursday it has shot down 13 Russian warplanes this month despite Russia’s apparent offensive momentum on the ground. Russian forces have been striking some Ukrainian defensive positions by deploying overwhelming amounts of artillery and troop numbers in an effort to punch through defensive lines at targeted points. US Poll: Democats Want Leader Who Doesn't Support Israel Military Aid Most voters in President Joe Biden's party want a leader who does not back U.S. military aid for Israel, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll. The President's full support for Israel, in its war against Hamas in Gaza, has angered many people, as the death toll there grows to 30,000. Caroline Malone reports. Brazil Amazon Fires Hit New High Data from Brazil's space agency says the state of Roraima in the Amazon rainforest has been hit with more than 2,000 fires in recent weeks. The National Institute for Space Research said Thursday that satellite sensors detected the blazes between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. That’s far above the monthly average of 376 fires. And the number is the second-highest registered in a single month since the institute began collecting data in mid-1998. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
3/1/20245 minutes, 32 seconds
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EZ News 02/29/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. The Tai-Ex opened down 58-points this morning from Tuesday's close, at 18,797 on turnover of $5.3--billion N-T. The Tai-Ex lost ground on Tuesday, as most other markets moving higher despite Wall Street edging back from its record peaks overnight. CDC Reports Rare Measles Cluster The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a rare domestic measles cluster. The cluster involves two people and confirmation comes after the C-D-C identified a patient who contracted (感染) the disease from the index case at a northern Taiwan hospital. According to C-D-C Deputy Director General Philip Luo, the new case is a medical worker in his 30s who tested positive for the disease on Tuesday of this week. Luo says a total of 306 people have been identified as close contacts of the man, who is currently being isolated at home. The C-D-C says people who visited B-2 food court in Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on February 22 and Liang's Rice Noodle Soup in New Taipei's Zhonghe District on February 25, should monitor their health until March 15-th. Israel Claims Aid Convoys Reach Northern Gaza Israeli officials say aid convoys carrying food reached northern Gaza this week. The delivery on Wednesday is the first major one in a month to the devastated (被摧毀的) area, where the U.N. has warned of worsening starvation. The officials say 31 trucks carrying food entered northern Gaza on Wednesday, and nearly 20 other trucks entered the north on Monday and Tuesday. Associated Press footage showed people carrying sacks of flour from the distribution site. It was not immediately clear who carried out the deliveries. A spokesperson for the U.N.’s humanitarian coordination office said that the United Nations was not involved. The U.S., Egypt and Qatar have been working on a ceasefire deal that would release some of the hostages still held by Hamas and open the door to a greater influx (湧進) of aid to Palestinians. Families of the hostages have launched a four-day march from southern Israel to Jerusalem to demand their loved ones be set free. Oil Spill off Trinidad and Tobago Reaches Dutch Island Authorities say an offshore oil spill that led Trinidad and Tobago to declare a national emergency earlier this month has reached the shores of the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire hundreds of miles away. It's the first sign of how far the leaked oil has traveled. Officials say a minimum of 1.6 million liters of oil mixed with water have been vacuumed from where a barge (平底載貨船) capsized. But officials warned the number is likely larger since it does not include oil picked up with sand and seaweed. A preliminary probe found the barge was being tugged to Guyana when it overturned off Tobago. Odysseus Space Craft to Power Down The team behind the Odysseus spacecraft says their mission has 'changed the economics of landing on the moon'. Speaking on Wednesday, representatives of Intuitive Machines said the lander will be "put to sleep" before being powered up again in the next two to three weeks. Last week it became the first privately developed spacecraft to soft land (緩慢著陸,軟著陸) on the lunar surface. Sally Patterson has more. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
2/29/20246 minutes, 6 seconds
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EZ News 02/27/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 16-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,964 on turnover of 4.2-billion N-T. The market gained ground on Monday, despite fluctuating in early trading. Analysts say investors this week are awaiting updates on the pace of growth in the U-S economy, inflation and what central banks may do on interest rates. CSBC to Conduct Final Harbor Acceptance Tests on "Narwhal" C-S-B-C has announced that it will begin conducting a series of final tests on its first domestically built submarine prototype today. According to the shipbuilder, the assessments are part of its ongoing (正在進行的) harbor acceptance test before it moves onto the sea acceptance test. The "Narwhal" has been undergoing harbor acceptance tests since October of last year at a C-S-B-C factory in Kaohsiung. The shipbuilder says the submarine will be moved to a nearby a floating dock before being transferred to a dry dock where it will undergo the final phase. The submarine was officially named by President Tsai Ing-wen during its launch ceremony in late September. Taiwan Remains 4th in Global Economic Freedom Index Taiwan has once again been ranked fourth in the 2024 Index of Economic Freedom. It means the island maintain its best ranking achieved last year in the annual report released by the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. The report assesses 184 countries on four key aspects comprising (包括) 12 sub-factors. Those are then equally weighted and averaged to produce an overall score. Taiwan scored higher than the global average in all 12 subcategories. And its overall score of 80, means that Taiwan's economy is categorized as "free" along with that of Singapore, Switzerland and Ireland. Fukushima to Begin Discharging Treated Wastewater Japan is set to begin a fourth discharge of treated, radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from Wednesday. The owner of the wrecked (被毀的) Fukushima nuclear power plant, TEPCO, has been releasing the water in batches since August last year. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo China Overseas Bloggers Claim Police Investigating Followers Two prominent Chinese bloggers in exile said that police were investigating their millions of followers on international social media platforms. Former state broadcaster CCTV journalist Wang Zhi’an and artist-turned-dissident (批評政府者) Li Ying said separately that police were interrogating (審問) their followers, and urged followers to take precautions such as unfollowing their accounts, changing their usernames, avoiding Chinese-made phones and preparing to be questioned. Li shared screenshots of private messages he received from followers over the past few months, which claimed that police had interrogated individuals, and that one person had even lost their job. This comes after a recent leak of documents from I-Soon, a private contractor linked to China’s top policing agency and other parts of its government, describing tools used by Chinese police to curb dissent on overseas social media. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF,2/26稱王募集! 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了!中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3Umqe2r
2/27/20246 minutes, 6 seconds
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EZ News 02/26/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 10-points this morning from Friday's close, at 18,899 on turnover of 5.1-billion N-T. The market gained ground on Friday, as it joined other regional indexes and ended the day higher following Nvidia's delivering of another set of blowout (陡峭上漲) quarterly results, setting off a rally in tech companies. More Food Products Recalled for Containing Banned Dye In news from and about Taiwan this morning, The Miaoli County Public Health Bureau says it has recalled and pulled more food products and store shelves islandwide for containing a banned industrial dye. The latest products include carrot cookies and white pepper biscuits. According to the bureau, it has asked Miaoli-based Hsin Hao Foods to recall 4,302 boxes of carrot cookies and 192 boxes of white pepper biscuits found to contain Sudan III. Health bureau officials say the origin (起源,源頭) of the chemical has been identified as coming from a Chinese chili powder supplier that shipped the product to a New Taipei raw material dealer. Kaohsiung Rubber Ducks Draw 9-Million Visitors in a Month The Kaohsiung City Government says the two giant rubber ducks created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman have drawn more than 9-million visitors since they went on display at the Love River Bay on January 27. The ducks were the centerpiece (最重要的部分;最吸引人的部分) of the city's 2024 Wonderland festival, which wrapped-up on Sunday. A special event was held in the square in front of the Kaohsiung Music Center last night to give the two ducks a send-off (歡送). The city government says more than 200,000 people visited the Love River Bay each day the ducks were on display there and that gave Kaohsiung's economy a boost of more than 10-billion N-T. Ukraine Troop Losses Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy is refuting (反駁) Putin's claims on military losses since the start of Russia's invasion. AP correspondent Rica Ann Garcia reports. France Eiffel Tower Reopens The Eiffel Tower has reopened to visitors after a six-day closure because of striking employees demanding better maintenance of the historic landmark and salary hikes. The operator of the 330-meter tower said Sunday it reached an agreement with unions representing the workers after promising to allocate (分配) about $412 million investment by 2031 for renovation work. This week, it also launched salary negotiations, expected to be finalized next month, after employees on strike demanded an increase proportionate to revenue from ticket sales. The 135-year-old tower will feature prominently in the Olympics and Paralympics starting in July. The Olympic and Paralympic medals in Paris are being embedded with pieces from a hexagonal chunk of iron taken from the historic landmark. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa
2/26/20245 minutes, 47 seconds
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EZ News 02/23/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 97-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,950 on turnover of $8.6-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex closed at an all-time high on Thursday .. … as investor's looked to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on the back of Nvidia's financial results - which showed the artificial intelligence chip designer reported 12.29-billion U-S dollars in net income during the fourth quarter of last year. Lawmakers Urge Friendly Farming Environment for Egg-Laying Hens Lawmakers from across party lines are urging the government to speed-up efforts to build a friendly environment in which to farm egg-laying hens. The call comes after the release of a report on progress made in assisting the industry shift to cage-free farming across Asia. Taiwan ranked sixth out of 17 countries surveyed in the report by Open Wing Alliance - a global coalition of 100 organizations from 72 countries. Lawmakers say Taiwan has made no progress in phasing out (淘汰) battery cages in the farming of egg-laying chickens and say the government to come up with effective measures as soon as possible. They're also calling for a policy to help cooperative egg farmers gain access to land and loans and for subsides to be granted to farmers who adopt an animal-friendly egg production model. UN Gaza Aid Agency at Breaking Point The Commissioner General of the UN aid agency in Gaza, UNRWA says the agency has reached breaking point (失控點;極限). Jody Jacobs reports from the United Nations in New York… Canada Man Found Guilty for Killing Muslim Family A man found guilty of using his pickup truck to kill four members of a Muslim family has been sentenced to life in prison as a Canadian judge ruled that the actions of the “admitted white nationalist” amounted to terrorism. Nathaniel Veltman has also been sentenced to a concurrent (並行) life sentence for the attempted murder of a boy who survived the 2021 attack. Veltman was found guilty in November of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for hitting the Afzaal family with his truck while they were out for a walk. The case was the first time Canada’s terrorism laws were put before a jury in a first-degree murder trial. Japan Whale Body to be Buried for Skeleton A whale as long as a train car that died after straying into a Japanese bay is set to be buried until it naturally becomes a skeletal specimen for a local museum. It’s the third year in a row that whales have become stranded in Osaka Bay, raising questions about the reasons why and the cost of handling the incidents. The animal that was confirmed dead Monday is believed to be a male sperm whale, about 12 meters long and weighing an estimated 20 tons. The whale was spotted several times in the bay and port since mid-January. Tidal fluctuations (起伏不定), diseases and climate change are among the possible reasons it became stranded. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【Galaxy S24 旗艦系列 l AI手機來真的🙌】 出國旅遊擔心菜英文? 不用再苦惱 AI 通話即時翻譯 出國訂飯店、訂餐廳,再也不怕雞同鴨講 就連打字傳訊息,也能即時翻譯,從此告別語言不通 Galaxy S24 旗艦系列 一出手就搞定 https://bit.ly/47O2K9L
2/23/20245 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 02/22/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 150-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,827 on turnover of $6.8-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Wednesday as investors chose to pocket gains from the previous session when the main board closed at an historical high. The bellwether electronics sector led the downturn, as large cap semiconductor stocks were in focus after artificial intelligence chip designer Nvidia fell by more the 4-per cent on Wall Street overnight. Activists Calls for Addressing Surrogacy Separately from Sperm and Egg Donation Women's rights groups are urging the government to address single women and lesbian couples' access to sperm and egg donation separately from surrogacy (代孕) when amending the Assisted Reproduction Act. According to Taiwan Women's Link director Huang Shu-ing, the government should give single women and lesbian couples access to assisted reproduction services already available to heterosexual couples. Huang says as surrogacy is far more complicated than simply allowing access to sperm and egg donation, discussing both issues together would delay the amendment. A joint statement issued by the Taiwan Women's Link and 26 other groups in the fields of women's rights, gender, labor and medicine also calls for protecting single women and lesbian couples' right to access sperm and egg donation services. The Ministry of Health is slated to hold its first public hearing regarding amendments to the Assisted Reproduction Act next Tuesday. US Increases Port Security Over Chinese Hacking Fears US president Joe Biden has signed an executive order to increase cybersecurity at America's ports. It comes in response to fears of hackers gaining access to vital (必不可少的) infrastructure in the US that is Chinese-made. Nick Harper reports from Washington. UN Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Only 10Percent Funded The U.N’s top representative in Ukraine says the U.N.’s humanitarian appeal to meet needs there is only 10% funded for 2024. That puts in jeopardy crucial assistance needed to reach those in need across frontline areas. Denise Brown says an estimated 8.5 million Ukrainians who are living in dire (危急的) conditions near combat zones risk going without basic humanitarian deliveries, including food and water. The U.N.’s annual appeal for Ukraine is $3.1 billion. Ukraine’s economy is still suffering the aftermath of Russia’s full-scale invasion two years ago. France Eiffel Tower Closed Again Due to Strikes Striking workers have again closed down the Eiffel Tower. It's the third day running that the landmark expected to be at the heart of celebrations for the Paris Olympics has been off-limits to visitors. A message Wednesday on the tower’s website also warned of more possible disruptions (中斷、 擾亂) today, if strikers continue their push for salary hikes and other concessions. One of the strikers’ representatives has previously warned that their protest action “could go on for several days, even weeks.” That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF,2/26稱王募集! 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了!中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3Umqe2r
2/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 02/21/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 79-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,673 on turnover of 4.9-billion N-T. The market closed at a new high on Tuesday on the back of futures-led buying - as investors pushed up the spot market in a bid to profit in the futures market, where February contracts are scheduled to be settled later today. Electricity Rate Hikes Yet to be Finalized Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua says no final decision has been made on possible electricity rate hikes. The statement comes as the Ministry of Economic Affairs' electricity price review committee is scheduled to meet next month to decide on rates for the next six months. According to Wang, her office is considering adjusting rates even for users of less than 330-kilowatt-hours a month, but large electricity users will bear the brunt (首當其衝) of the rate increase in order reduce the impact on the general public. There have been reports claiming electricity rates could increased by more than 10-per cent for some users. Shrimp Snack Removed from Store Shelves Several local government have issued orders to remove a popular brand of spicy-flavored shrimp snack from store shelves. The move comes after it was confirmed that Yu Zong Foods had used a dye supplied by a Yunlin County-based food manufacturer that contains a carcinogenic (致癌的) dye. The Kaohsiung Department of Health says it has ordered Yu Zong Foods to remove all packaged of its "Wei Hsien" spicy shrimp chips from store shelves that used red chili powder supplied by the Yunlin County-based food manufacturer. A batch of chili powder from the company was recently found by the Yunlin Public Health Bureau to contain Sudan III, an industrial dye that is not allowed in food products. US Two Charged with Murder in SuperBowl Shooting Police in Kansas City have charged two people with murder following a mass shooting (大規模槍擊事件) at the Super Bowl celebration parade. The violence last week left one person dead and almost two dozen injured. US correspondent Nick Harper reports. Russia FM Expresses Support for Venezuela's Maduro Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reaffirmed his government’s support for the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during an hours-long visit to the South American country. Lavrov on Tuesday expressed Russia’s commitment to strategic cooperation in numerous (很多的) sectors, including technology, energy and culture. His meetings with Venezuela's vice president and foreign minister in the capital, Caracas, took place as Venezuela’s government and a U.S.-backed faction of the opposition continue to negotiate conditions to level the playing field ahead of this year’s presidential election. UK Bust Ransomware Syndicate Law enforcement agencies say they have infiltrated and disrupted a prolific ransomware syndicate behind cyberattacks around the world. Britain’s National Crime Agency says it led an international operation targeting LockBit, which provides ransomware as a service to so-called affiliates (附屬機構) who infect victim networks with the computer-crippling malware and negotiate ransoms. The group has been linked to thousands of attacks since 2019. Hours before the announcement, the front page of LockBit’s site was replaced with the words “this site is now under control of law enforcement." The operation aimed to steal all of LockBit’s data and then destroy its infrastructure. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 輕食新時尚 我的新感覺 無論是濃情蜜意的甜美滋味-草莓夾心、可可夾心、花生夾心- 還是清爽不膩、經典鹹口味的雞蛋沙拉、鮪魚沙拉 新感覺隨時都能滿足味蕾,給你全新輕食選項 每一天都散發優雅時尚、自信向前 https://bit.ly/49es7mF
2/21/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 02/20/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 25-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,610 on turnover of 3-billion N-T. The market closed slightly higher on Monday as buying rotated to non-tech stocks, as the bellwether electronics sector came under heavy pressure following losses seen in artificial intelligence development-related stock on Wall Street at the end of last week. New Legislature Forms French and Polish Parliamentary Friendship Groups The new Legislative Yuan has formed two parliamentary friendship groups to promote closer exchanges with France and Poland via their respective lawmaking bodies. Both of the parliamentary friendship groups are being headed by (為首) D-P-P lawmaker Lin Chu-yin. According to Lin, the establishment of the groups is aimed at continuing and also further developing wide-ranging exchanges with the French and Polish parliaments. The new Legislature is expected to announce the establishment of another parliamentarian friendship group later today to promote exchanges with ASEAN member countries. CDC Reports First Local Measles Case Since 2022 The Centers for Disease Control has reported Taiwan's first locally acquired case of measles since September of 2022. According to C-D-C Deputy Director General Philip Luo, the infected individual was a man in his 30s who sought emergency treatment at hospital on February 13 and was diagnosed with measles two days later. He remains in a hospital isolation ward. The C-D-C deputy director says the origin of the infection is still being investigated. A total of 199 people, including family members and those whose hospital visits overlapped (重疊) with the man's have been identified as close contacts. Crew Abandons Ship After Houthi Missile Attack The crew of a British registered cargo vessel have abandoned (棄船) ship, after reportedly being hit by two missiles off the coast of Yemen. John Bevir reports. Gaza Reports 29Thousand Palestinians Killed Gaza’s Health Ministry says more than 29-thousand Palestinians have been killed in the territory since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. The ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said on Monday that 107 bodies were brought to hospitals in the last 24 hours. The ministry does not distinguish between civilians and combatants (戰鬥人員) in its records, but says most of those killed were women and children. The war began when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel from Gaza on Oct. 7, killing some 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostage. After a round of exchanges for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel in November, around 130 remain captive, a fourth of them believed to be dead. France Eiffel Tower Strikes Cause Disruptions Visitors to the Eiffel Tower are being turned away because of a strike over poor financial management at one of the world’s most-visited sites. Visits to the hugely popular landmark in central Paris have soared in the lead-up to the Summer Olympics in the French capital. But tourists planning to visit the Eiffel Tower on Monday were warned of disruptions (中斷、擾亂) in multiple languages on its website. Visitors were advised to check the website before heading to the monument or to postpone their trip. In December, the Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors for an entire day during Christmas and New Year’s holidays because of a strike over contract negotiations. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
2/20/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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EZ News 02/19/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 46-points this morning from Friday's close, at 18,561 on turnover of 7.3-billion N-T. The market bucked a global upturn on Friday, and lost ground - that, despite Wall Street setting a fresh record following some mixed reports on America's economy overnight. China Vows to "Enhance Maritime Law Enforcement" Around Kinmen and Matsu China's coast guard says it plans to "strengthen its law enforcement activities" and carry out more patrols in waters around Kinmen and Matsu. The statement comes as Beijing is continuing to blame Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration for the deaths of two Chinese nationals who were killed when their boat overturned while trying to flee a coast guard ship near Kinmen. China's coast guard says it will also carry out regular "inspections" in waters around the two outlying islands. The Mainland Affairs Council is slamming China for the move - saying Taiwan will continue to enforce the rules on banning unauthorized (未經授權的) Chinese access to waters around Kinmen. According to the council, maritime laws will continue "to be enforced" based on the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. NTU Drama Department Founding Chair Hu Yao-heng Dies at 87 And, The National Taiwan University has announced the death of the founding chairperson of its Graduate Institute of Drama and Theatre. According to the university, Hu Yao-heng passed away last Friday. He was 87. No cause of death has been given. Hu was born in the Chinese province of Hubei in 1936. He graduated from N-T-U's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before earning a master's degree in drama from Baylor University and a doctoral degree in drama and comparative literature from Indiana University. He founded the N-T-U's Graduate Institute of Drama and Theatre in 1995. Russia Takes Avdiivka Russia takes control of a key city in eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian troops withdraw The fall of the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine's Donbas region is seen as Russia's biggest victory since last year's capture (攻下) of Bakhmut. AP correspondent Mimmi Montgomery reports Yemen Houthis Target BelizeFlagged Ship Yemen’s Houthi rebels are suspected in an attack on a Belize-flagged ship traveling through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The ship targeted in the assault Sunday reported sustaining (承受) damage after “an explosion in close proximity to the vessel.” That's according to the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center. It said that the ship's crewmembers were safe. Since November, the rebels have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea and surrounding waters over Israel’s war targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Germany Lufthansa Labor Union Calls for Strike A labor union in Germany has called on ground staff for Lufthansa to walk off the job at seven airports on Tuesday following a similar strike earlier this month. The Ver.di union said Sunday that the one-day strike will affect the airports in Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa’s two main hubs (中心), and several other cities. A 27-hour strike at five of the same airports that started Feb. 7 prompted the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. The union is seeking pay raises of 12.5%, or at least 500 euros more per month, in negotiations for about 25-thousand employees. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 輕食新時尚 我的新感覺 無論是濃情蜜意的甜美滋味-草莓夾心、可可夾心、花生夾心- 還是清爽不膩、經典鹹口味的雞蛋沙拉、鮪魚沙拉 新感覺隨時都能滿足味蕾,給你全新輕食選項 每一天都散發優雅時尚、自信向前 https://bit.ly/49es7mF
2/19/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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EZ News 02/16/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 4.9-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 18,640 on turnover of $5.6-billion N-T. The market opened in consolidation mode today after record gains on the first trading session of the Year of the Dragon. Shares in Taiwan surged almost 550 points and by more than 3 percent, despite stronger-than-expected U.S. inflation figures. Buying included stocks in the bellwether electronics sector, led by chipmaker TSMC American depositary receipts, which steamed ahead by more than 11 percent when the stock market was closed over the New Year holiday, due to enthusiasm about AI development. Woman gives birth during flight from Tokyo to Taipei: EVA Airways A woman gave birth to a baby after going into labor on board a flight from Tokyo to Taipei on Thursday, according to EVA Airways. The airline says flight attendants and four doctors who happened to be on board the morning flight assisted with the birth. It adds that the plane landed at Taipei Songshan Airport at 1:11 p.m., with the mother and her newborn son taken to a local hospital. Details regarding the passenger, including her nationality, or how many weeks she was pregnant, were not disclosed (公佈) by the airline. US Biden Informant Charged with Lying to Authorities An FBI informant has been charged with lying to authorities about a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme between President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company. The claim is central to a Republican impeachment inquiry in Congress. Prosecutors say Alexander Smirnov falsely told FBI agents in June 2020 that executives associated with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each in 2015 or 2016. The allegations became a flashpoint in Congress over the summer as Republicans demanded the FBI release the unredacted (內容沒有被刪減的) form documenting the allegations as they pursued investigations of President Biden and his family. An attorney for Smirnov declined to comment on the allegations. Greece Legalizes SameSex Civil Marriage Greece has become the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage. AP's Lisa Dwyer has more. Senegal Voids Postponement of Presidential Election Senegal’s top election authority has voided the president’s postponement of a presidential election scheduled for Feb. 25 and its rescheduling in December, saying the moves were unconstitutional. A judgement approved by seven members of Senegal’s Constitutional Council cancelled the decree signed by President Macky Sall that postponed the election. The judgement also said that the National Assembly’s move on Feb. 5 to reschedule the vote for Dec. 15 also was “contrary to (與之相反) the constitution." That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF,2/26稱王募集! 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了!中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3Umqe2r -- 龍年HIGH起來!新光三越《龍舞卡利HIGH》獨享7%回饋🎉 即日起至2/25全台新光三越線上線下刷卡都可消費累計回饋,聯手指定銀行刷卡滿1萬以上回饋4%5%6%skm points,用skm pay再加碼1%、最高7%回饋! 新春回饋🐉底家👉 https://bit.ly/3HkgIp5
2/16/20245 minutes, 45 seconds
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EZ News 02/15/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 568-points this morning on the first trading day of the new Lunar New Year, at 18,664 on turnover of $24-billion N-T. Taiwan CDC reports sixth year of decline in new HIV infections The Centers for Disease Control says Taiwan is marking another year of decline in the number of new HIV infections. Officials say 944 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus were reported on the island in 2023, marking a sixth consecutive (連續的) year of falling case numbers. The CDC says it marks a decrease of nearly 12 percent from 2022, and the figure was the lowest since 2004. The agency encouraged individuals who have ever had sex to take at least one HIV test and those who have sex without using a condom to take a test annually. Two lotto players win NT$1 million prizes at same Taipei shop on same day Two lottery players recently won $1 million NT prizes on scratch lotto tickets they purchased (購買) on the same day at the same store in Taipei's Ximending neighborhood. According to Taiwan Lottery Co., the lotto wins both happened on "Super Red Envelope" scratch cards sold at a shop on Kunming Street in Ximen District on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday last Thursday. The first of the winners was a married couple, while the second winners were two young men who put their money together to the scratch card. Taiwan Lottery released five new scratch cards for the Year of the Dragon, of which the $2,000 NT Super Red Envelope -- with eight top prizes of NT$20 million -- is the most expensive. NKorea Kim Supervises New Missile Tests North Korea state media says leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a test of new surface-to-sea missiles and warned that the country would take a more aggressive (積極進取的) military posture in disputed sea boundaries with war-divided rival South Korea. Kim lso accused South Korea of frequently violating what he decried as North Korean territorial waters with its maritime patrols and interdiction of third-party ships. He ordered his navy to strengthen its defense posture in waters near the South Korean border islands of Baekryeong and Yeonpyeong. The report today by North Korea’s state media came a day after South Korea’s military said it detected the North firing multiple cruise missiles in waters off its eastern coast. Some experts say Kim may seek to further dial up pressure in an election year in South Korea and the U.S. US SuperBowl Victory Parade Shooting Police say there are several casualties (傷亡) in Kansas City, after shots were fired during a Super Bowl victory parade. Thousands of fans had gathered on Wednesday in the US state of Missouri to celebrate the Kansas Chiefs's victory in America's National Football League game. Benji Hyer has the latest. Haiti Kenya Discuss Police Force Deployment Haiti’s government has announced that it is working on an official agreement with Kenyan officials to secure the long-awaited deployment of a police force from the east African country. The government said Wednesday that high-ranking officials from both countries met in the U.S. for three days this week to draft a memorandum of understanding and set a deadline for the arrival of Kenyan police forces. The closed-door meetings included top U.S. officials and were held weeks after a court in Kenya blocked the U.N-backed deployment of police to help Haiti fight a surge (急遽上升) in gang violence. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
2/15/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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EZ News 02/07/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. MOFA Plays Down Guatemala's China Trade Ties The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says plans by Guatemala's new government's to develop trade ties with China does not conflict with the country's policy of maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The statement comes after Guatemala's foreign minister earlier this week told Reuters that his country "cannot ignore the weight and power China represents" - but will "continue working with Taiwan at the levels we have been doing." According to the foreign ministry here in Taiwan, the report "did not come as a surprise" as President Bernardo Arevalo has "consistently (始終如一地) maintained a policy" of maintaining formal ties with Taiwan while also developing trade links with China. TSMC Announces Employees' Business Performance Bonus Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing says its board has approved a plan to distribute employees' business performance bonus and profit sharing totaling about 100.1-billion N-T for 2023. That total includes a business performance bonus of 50.09-billion N-T distributed (分配) following each quarter of 2023 and profit sharing of 50.09-million N-T to be distributed in July this year. The board meeting also approved a plan to issue a 3.5 N-T per share cash dividend for the earnings of the fourth quarter of 2023, which hit 9.21 N-T. The ex-dividend date has been set for June 13 and the dividends will be distributed on July 11. MOA Warning on Carrying of Meat Products into Taiwan And, The Ministry of Agriculture is warning public not to bring meat products into Taiwan from other countries due to the risk of African swine fever. The annual Lunar New Year holiday reminder (提醒) comes as African swine fever has now been found in 79 countries since the first reports of the virus emerged in China in August of 2018. Data shows that between August of 2018 and January of this year, of the 6,795 meat seizures tested, 639 came back positive for the virus. Eighty-three percent of the meat products that tested positive for African swine fever came from China. Those caught entering Taiwan carrying pork and other meat products face fines of between 200,000 and 1-million N-T. Israel Arrests Palestinian American Woman in West Bank Israeli forces have arrested a 46-year-old Palestinian American woman in the West Bank. Relatives say that Samaher Esmail was pulled out of bed by soldiers late Monday and they still don't know where she is. The army says she was arrested for “incitement” (煽動) on social media. Esmail's arrest comes just as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel on a diplomatic visit. A U.S. government spokesperson said the State Department was aware of reports that a U.S. citizen had been detained and was “seeking additional information" about the incident but had no further comment. Late Tuesday, Blinken arrived in Israel, where he is expected to press ahead with efforts to at least pause Israel's offensive in Gaza and curb violence in the West Bank. US Homeland Security Secretary Survives Impeachment Attempt US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has survived an impeachment attempt in the House of Representatives after several Republicans broke ranks with their party. Congressional Republicans had sought to oust (逐出) Mayorkas over the surge in migration at the US's southern border. Ira Spitzer reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【00941】全台首檔鎖定半導體上游設備與材料廠的ETF,2/26稱王募集! 半導體不是只有護國神山,想投資真正的隱形英雄,力爭「上游」就對了!中信上游半導體(00941),帶你與科技王者中的王者同行:https://bit.ly/3Umqe2r
2/7/20246 minutes, 16 seconds
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EZ News 02/06/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Stock Investors Earned NT$850,000 on Average in the Year of Rabbit Investors in the local stock market pocketed an average of 850,000 N-T in the Year of the Rabbit after the Tai-Ex ended the final trading day of the Lunar year up by 0.2-per cent. Trading in the Year of the Rabbit began on January 30 of last year. Since then the weighted index soared 3,163-points, or 21.18-per cent, to close the year at 18,096-points - boosting market capitalization by 10.76-trillion N-T for a total of 57.52-trillion N-T. This was a marked improvement from the Year of the Tiger - when the main board tumbled by over 2,700-points, or 15.51-per cent. The stock market will resume trading on February 15. Passenger Faces Fine Over Emergency Train Stop in Taitung The Railway Police Bureau says a passenger who deliberately pulled an emergency brake valve that brought an EMU3000 express train to a stop in Taitung County last week could face a fine of up to 1-million N-T. The fine is based on Article 68-1 of the Railway Act. According to the bureau's Hualien Precinct, the passenger has been identified as (確定為) a 28-year-old Taitung resident. He was questioning by police on Monday and law enforcement authorities say the Ministry of Transport will now review the case. The train came to an unplanned stop in Taitung's Jinlun Station when the emergency brake valve in the train's ninth car was pulled. Police say the man has told them he fell asleep on the train and pulled the brake because he had missed his stop. Tobacco Warning to Big Enlarged The Health Promotion Administration says health warnings must have to cover at least 50-per cent of cigarette packaging from next month. According to the administration, the new packaging policy will come into affect on March 22. The warnings are currently required to cover at least 35-per cent of packaging (包裝). The administration says the move is in line with the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. That convention states that all tobacco product packaging carries health warnings and such warnings should cover 50-per cent or more of the packaging area. Chinese Court Sentences Australian Writer to Death A Chinese court has handed Australian writer Yang Hengjun and pro-democracy blogger a suspended death sentence for spying. Human rights advocates say it's an unusually harsh verdict (判決) and it could hurt ties between Beijing and Canberra. Patrick Fok reports. Tokyo Heavy Snow Disrupts Travel Heavy snow in the Tokyo area has knocked out power to homes and disrupted travel. Officials cautioned drivers to avoid nonessential travel. The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast more than 55 centimeters in mountainous areas north of the capital. Central Tokyo had much smaller amounts. More than 100 domestic and several international flights in and out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport were canceled Monday. Some highways were partially (部分地) closed, and more than 14,000 homes were without electricity. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
2/6/20245 minutes, 56 seconds
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EZ News 2024/02/05

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2/5/20245 minutes, 43 seconds
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EZ News 2024/02/02

Bureau of Labor Funds Posted Record High Returns for 2023 Private College Tuition Subsidy Rolled Out US approves plan to strike Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq Cancer cases to rise Spain's drought getting serious
2/2/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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EZ News 2024/02/01

降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa -- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- CAA Protests China's Unilateral Adjustment of Flight Routes UMC expects shipments to grow 2-3 percent sequentially in Q1 World court rejects portions of Ukraine allegations EU nations agree on using profits from frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Sentenced to 14 Years
2/1/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/31

CAA Protests China's Unilateral Adjustment of Flight Routes Keelung Mayor Unveils Plan to Build Ferris Wheel Israel Palestine latest Imran Khan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison France's National Assembly Approves Bill to Abortion Rights in Constitution.
1/31/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/30

科學麵麵俱到! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口 讓你新春聚會樂滿堂,平安順利龍總來! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB -- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- MOTC Approves Taichung Metro's Proposed Blue Line Six Indicted over Deadly Pingtung Golf Ball Factory Fire UN Palestinians Aid Agency Facing More Funding Cuts Italy Unveils Development Plan for Africa King Charles and Princess of Wales Discharged from Hospital
1/30/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/29

Government Thanks US for Supporting Cross-Strait Peace Fu Kun-chi to Serve as KMT's New Legislative Caucus Convener Palestinian Officials Slam UNRWA Funding Suspension Pakistan Police Disperse Khan Supporters Trial of Jam Master Jay to Begin in Brooklyn
1/29/20245 minutes, 34 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/26

科學麵麵俱到! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口 讓你新春聚會樂滿堂,平安順利龍總來! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB -- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Taiwan's Ambassador to Tuvalu Dismisses Switch in Recognition Reports Four Indicted for Illegally Hiring Migrant Workers Giant Yellow Duck Heading Back to Kaohsiung Global shipping "not in crisis" just yet, says the UN Denmark's report on South Korea adoptions
1/26/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/25

科學麵麵俱到! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口 讓你新春聚會樂滿堂,平安順利龍總來! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB -- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- KMT Pledge to Push for Absentee Voting in New Legislature NIA Bans Japan-Based China Journalist North Korea Conducts Strategic Cruise Missile Test Israel Denies Responsibility for Deadly Strike on U.N. Shelter in Gaza Grounded Boeing planes could soon be in the air again
1/25/20245 minutes, 13 seconds
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EZ News 01/24/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,883 on turnover of 3.1-billion N-T. The market continued its winning streak on Tuesday as, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing attracted strong investor interest amid lingering optimism over the company's outlook for this year. Interest also focused on electricity development related stocks in the electric machinery and optoelectronics sectors, to give the broader market with an additional boost. Tuvalu Affirms Ties with Taiwan In news from and about Taiwan this morning, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says senior government officials in Tuvalu have affirmed that the Pacific island country will maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The statement comes after Tuvalu's ambassador to Taiwan told the Australian newspaper that his country could sever (斷絕) formal diplomatic recognition with Taipei in favor of Beijing following its election this Friday. According to the ministry, the Tuvalu government has clarified that the ambassador's statement did not represent the country's official stance, and affirmed that its diplomatic relations with Taiwan remain strong. Tsai Call for Support of Taiwan's Participation in IPEF President Tsai Ing-wen is calling for support for Taiwan's participation in the US-led Indo Pacific Economic Framework. Speaking during a meeting with visiting members of the US-Taiwan Business Council in Taipei, Tsai said "Taiwan will continue to express its willingness to play a role in this initiative" and she hopes the business group "can support Taiwan's participation." The visiting delegation includes business council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers and Keith Krach, who served as under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment under Donald Trump's administration. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity was launched (發起) by U-S President Joe Biden on May of 2022. It currently has 14 partnering countries. SKorea: North Fired Missiles into Western Sea South Korea’s military says North Korea fired several cruise missiles into the western sea as it continues a streak of weapons testing in the face of deepening nuclear tensions with the United States, South Korea and Japan. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches. The event followed a Jan. 14 flight test-firing of the country’s first solid-fuel intermediate range ballistic missile, which reflected (顯示) its efforts to advance its lineup of weapons targeting U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam. UK House of Lords Votes Againt UKRwanda Treaty The House of Lords has voted against the Government's controversial UK- Rwanda Treaty. For the first time, the UK's upper house of parliament has voted to delay ratifying a Treaty, which is central to the Government's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Simon Gaitan reports. Mexico Train Project Damages Historic Limestone Caves Activists in Mexico have published photos of steel and cement pilings (地樁) from a government project driven directly through the roofs of sensitive limestone caves on the Yucatan peninsula. The cave networks and their underground rivers are both environmentally sensitive, and have been found to hold some of the oldest human remains in North America. Mexico's president had promised that part of his controversial $20 billion tourist train project would run on an elevated causeway (堤道) to avoid crushing or disturbing the caves. Authorities had claimed that studies would ensure the supports for the causeway wouldn't hit caves. But the activists say that was a lie, and the damage is irreversible. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- #無論哪裡來,心意都從喜年來~ 💝https://bit.ly/47rWlki 過年就愛這一味,台灣蛋捲的經典風味! 真材實料蛋香濃郁,多樣選擇,送禮討喜! 朝隈俊男跨界聯名公仔蛋捲禮盒 18度C巧克力可可蛋捲 歐客佬精品咖啡薄燒蛋卷禮盒 貓福珊迪原味小蛋捲禮盒 -- 龍年HIGH起來!新光三越《龍舞卡利HIGH》獨享7%回饋🎉 即日起至2/25全台新光三越線上線下刷卡都可消費累計回饋 聯手指定銀行刷卡滿1萬以上回饋4%5%6%skm points,用skm pay再加碼1%、最高7%回饋! 新春回饋🐉底家👉 https://bit.ly/3HkgIp5
1/24/20246 minutes, 37 seconds
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EZ News 01/23/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 25-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,840 on turnover of 6.5-billion N-T. The market continued to gain ground on Monday on the back of another strong showing from the bellwether electronics sector. Buying focused on artificial intelligence development stocks following a rally by A-I-related stocks on Wall Street at the end of last week. However, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing fell into consolidation mode after surging 6.46-per cent surge last Friday. Snow Reported as Mercury Plummets Snow was reported falling on Jade Mountain overnight - resulting in an accumulation (累積) of 4-centimeters by 9 o'clock this morning. Snow fell on Hehuan Mountain in Nantou. Snow was also reported falling in Yilan's Taiping Mountain area at around 6 o'clock in the morning. According to the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area Office, the mercury in areas near the peak dropped to minus-3 degrees overnight before this morning's snow fall began. And in Taipei, snow was reported on parts of Yangminshan this morning - and between 1 and 2-centimeters had accumulated in some areas by around 6 o'clock. MOHW to Expand Scope of Telemedicine Services from July 1 The Ministry of Health says the definition of special circumstances in which chronic (慢性的) patients are eligible to seek medical treatment remotely will be expanded from July 1. According to the ministry, the move will benefit roughly 2.47 million people. The amended Rules of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment by Telecommunications will be expanded to cover individuals who are on a National Health Insurance system chronic disease care plan, or subject to terminal care, correctional institutional care and mobility care. Those who are in need of remote healthcare due to disasters and infectious diseases will also be included in the expanded program. China Quake in Xinjiang Region A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck a sparsely (稀疏地) populated part of China’s western Xinjiang region, but no casualties were immediately reported. State media and local authorities said the quake early this morning destroyed two houses and downed power lines, though electricity has now been restored. Local authorities said around 200 emergency workers were sent to the area. The Xinjiang railway authority also suspended dozens of trains. UN Concerend Abt Weapons Transfers in Ukraine Conflict The United Nations has once again called for adherence (嚴守) to International law in the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Jody Jacobs reports from the United Nations in New York… Canada Caps Student Visas Canada has announced a two-year cap on international student visas to ease the pressure on housing, health care and other services at a time of record immigration. The country's immigration minister says there will be a 35% reduction in new study visas in 2024. He said the country’s international students program has been exploited, putting pressure on housing and health care. A government statement says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet retreat in Montreal this week will prioritize (優先考慮) affordability and housing. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 科學麵麵俱到! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口 讓你新春聚會樂滿堂,平安順利龍總來! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB
1/23/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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EZ News 01/22/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 89-points this morning from Friday's close, at 17,770 on turnover of 9.2-billion N-T. The market gained significant ground on Friday, rising by more than 450-points, driven primarily by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which led the main board higher, as the electronics sector rose by 3.9-per cent during the trading day. Taipower Denies Reports of Rate Hikes Tai-Power is denying reports that plans to hike electricity rates this year. The denial comes amid speculation the state-generator could raise rates after its posted over 380-billion N-T in accumulated losses at of the end of last year. The Ministry of Economic Affairs' electricity price review committee is scheduled to meet in March to decide on rates for the next six months and reports have been claiming it could seek to raise rates for third consecutive year during that meeting. However, Tai-Power is dismissing (駁回) those claims and says it's currently "conducting an internal financial review" and seeking "financial support from the government." Nvidia's Jensen Huang Back in Taiwan Nvidia co-founder and C-E-O Jensen Huang is back in Taiwan. Huang was spotted at Ningxia Night Market in Taipei wearing one of his now trademark ((某人的)標記,特徵) leather jackets this past weekend. Speaking to reporters, Huang said he's in town to celebrate the Lunar New Year with employees at Nvidia's Taiwan Branch. He's also reportedly slated to meet with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing executives to discuss further cooperation between the two companies and attend a conference on advanced packaging supply chains. Nvidia is one of T-S-M-C's biggest customer. US DeSantis Ends Presidential Bid New Hampshire residents vote in their presidential primary Tuesday --with one less candidate (候選人) to choose from. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. Germany Rallies Against AfD Party Hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting in Germany this weekend, against the right-wing Alternative for Germany party. The demonstrations came in the wake of a report that right-wing extremists recently met to discuss the deportation (驅逐出境) of millions of immigrants, including some with German citizenship. Although Germany has seen other protests against the far right in past years, the protests this weekend are notable for their size and scope. The demonstrations have garnered support from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, and the Central Council of Jews. German companies also spoke out against extremism, emphasizing the country's commitment to democracy and tolerance. (PB) Indonesia Merapi Eruption Indonesia’s Mount Merapi has erupted, as other active volcanoes flared up across the country, forcing the evacuation (疏散) of thousands. Merapi unleashed Sunday clouds of gas, and lava that traveled up to 2 kilometers down its slopes. Several of Indonesia's active volcanoes also had eruptions. A volcano in East Nusa Tenggara province spewed hot clouds into the air as more than 6,500 people fled to shelters. Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province, Mount Semeru in East Java province and Mount Ibu in North Maluku province also had new eruptions. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa
1/22/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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EZ News 01/19/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 319-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,547 on turnover of $11.3-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Thursday following two losing sessions. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing led the upturn, while buying also spread to other semiconductor heavyweights - with shares in MediaTek and A-S-E Technology also gaining ground. The financial sector rose and the transportation industry attracted strong buying to outperform the broader market. Geese Culled at Yunlin Farm Hit by Avian Flu The Yunlin Animal Disease Control Center says 1,477 geese have been culled (選擇性宰殺) at poultry farm in the county following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H-5-N-1 avian flu virus. According to the center, the Dongshih Township farm reported "abnormal deaths" of geese this past Sunday and inspections teams were immediately sent there to carry out tests. The culling was carried out after the results of sample testing were confirmed yesterday. It's the second case of avian flu to have been reported in Dongshih Township this year. LNY Taxi Surcharge in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung to Begin February Taxis in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung will begin adding a 30 N-T surcharge (附加費) over the Lunar New Year holiday. City officials say the additional 30 N-T surcharge will be automatically included in the taximeter reading from February 5 through 14. An additional surcharge of 20 N-T will be added from 11PM to 6AM during the holiday period. US Uvalde Report: Police Failure Cost Lives A US government report released Thursday details the "critical failures" in the delayed police response to a school shooting in the state of Texas. The Justice Department's investigation found children's lives could have been saved if law enforcement officers (警察) had acted sooner. In May 2022, a gunman opened fire at a primary school, killing 19 students and two teachers. Sally Patterson has more. AU, EU, UN, US Call for Dialoge in Sudan The African Union, European Union, United Nations and United States are calling for an immediate cease-fire and constructive dialogue between warring factions in Sudan. They're also calling for an end to tension (緊張關係、緊張局勢) between Somalia and Ethiopia over an agreement signed with Somalia’s breakaway region Somaliland. The groups say that the two issues are threatening regional stability in the Horn of Africa. The U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, says the warring factions in Sudan should immediately end the fighting and adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law and respect for human rights. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa
1/19/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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EZ News 01/18/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 7-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,169 on turnover of 1.7-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex followed other regional markets and lost ground on Wednesday, as investors reacted to a decline on Wall Street overnight ahead of the release of earnings reports and potential moves by major global central banks. DPP and KMT Officials Discuss ROC-US-PRC Relations with USIP Representatives from the D-P-P and K-M-T discussed the significance of the weekend results as well as implications (影響) for peace and security in the Taiwan Strait. Talks were held under the auspices of the United States Institute of Peace. … I-C-R-T's Washington correspondent Matt Kaye has more. < [CLIP] Slug: > WHO says situation in Gaza is "catastrophic" The World Health Organisation warns that the health system in Gaza is on the brink of (瀕臨) collapse. A WHO health emergency officer described the dire nature of the health system saying the organisation desperately needs more aid and medical supplies to assist with the unfolding "catastrophe". Jody Jacobs reports from the United Nations in New York. **Italy's Foreign Minister proposes joint EU mission to protect Red Sea **shipping Italy's Foreign Minister says his country is working alongside France and Germany on a joint European military deployment (調動) to protect shipping in the Red Sea. Antonio Tajani was speaking at a press conference in the Italian capital, where he set out Italy's priorities for its G7 presidency this year. Giles Gibson has more from Rome. Britain Royals In Britain… King Charles III is scheduled to have a 'corrective (矯正的) procedure for his prostate and Catherine, Princess of Wales is in the hospital after having undergone planned surgery… Karen Chammas has details. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 新鮮事、新奇事、新故事《一銀陪你聊“新”事》 第一銀行打造公股銀行首創ESG Podcast頻道上線啦 由知名主持人阿Ken與多位名人來賓進行對談 邀請您一起落實永續發展 讓永續未來不再只是想像 各大收聽平台搜尋:ㄧ銀陪你聊新事 https://bit.ly/3vBtNYj
1/18/20246 minutes, 3 seconds
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EZ News 01/17/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally lower this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,341 on turnover of 3.1-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex followed most other regional markets and lost ground on Tuesday - falling by 199-points - as investors lacked cues from Wall Street overnight due to U-S markets being closed on Monday. CDC Releases Medigen COVID-19 Vaccine Contract The Centers for Disease Control has released the contract used to purchase Medigen Vaccine Biologics' coronavirus vaccine. According to C-D-C Director General Zhuang Ren-xiang, the 58-page document was made public after Medigen's board of directors passed a resolution authorizing (授權) the government to release it. Zhuang says the contract had been reviewed by the Control Yuan, the National Audit Office, and the Legislature prior to its being made public and no evidence of illegal behavior was found. The contract was signed in May of 2021, and the government purchased 5-million doses of the Medigen vaccine, of which 200,000 were donations for the government's help in funding the vaccine's development. Former Professor Jailed for Fake Bridge Inspection Reports And, The Hsinchu District Court has sentenced a former university professor to six-months in prison for falsifying (偽造) documents relating to the safety inspection and assessment of three road bridges in Hsinchu County. Chen Ming-cheng owned an engineering consulting firm based in Taoyuan. Chen was found guilty of instructing a student employee to file fake reports indicating that the Tai-He, the Hou-Hu and the Rui-Guang bridges in Xin-Feng Township had all been inspected. The student employee was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, suspended for two years. Both verdicts can be appealed. French president sets out new policies in marathon news conference The French president has set out new policies ranging from liberal market reforms to an overhaul (檢修) of parental leave. Emmanuel Macron made the announcements in a marathon news conference on Tuesday. Ross Cullen reports from Paris. Shell to Sell Business in Niger Delta Shell has reached an agreement with a consortium of companies to sell its onshore business in Nigeria's Niger Delta in a deal worth $2.4 billion. It is the latest move by the London-based energy major to limit its presence in the challenging Niger Delta environment, where it has faced decadeslong local pushbacks to its oil exploration. Activists want Shell to address environmental damage, such as compensation (賠償) for affected communities, as a condition for the government's approval of the deal. Shell says the deal is designed to preserve its commitments, including remediation where spills occurred in the past. Kenya Begins Rhino Relocation Program Kenya has embarked on its biggest rhino relocation project and has begun the difficult work of tracking, darting and moving 21 of the critically endangered beasts to a new home. A previous attempt at moving rhinos in the East African nation in 2018 was a disaster as all 11 of the animals died. The rhinos are being relocated to a conservancy because they need more space to roam and, hopefully, to breed. Rhinos are generally solitary (獨自的) animals and are at their happiest in large territories. There are just 6,487 wild rhinos left in the world, according to rhino conservation charity Save The Rhino, all of them in Africa. Kenyan authorities say they have relocated more than 150 rhinos in the last decade. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 新鮮事、新奇事、新故事《一銀陪你聊“新”事》 第一銀行打造公股銀行首創ESG Podcast頻道上線啦 由知名主持人阿Ken與多位名人來賓進行對談 邀請您一起落實永續發展 讓永續未來不再只是想像 各大收聽平台搜尋:ㄧ銀陪你聊新事 https://bit.ly/3vBtNYj
1/17/20246 minutes, 32 seconds
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EZ News 01/16/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 23-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,523 on turnover of $2.5-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher Monday after investors rebuilt their positions with political uncertainties removed following the presidential election over the weekend. The bellwether electronics sector led the upturn as investors resumed buying after the election, while power development-related developers and biotech stocks also moved higher on expectations that the ruling DPP, which won the presidential vote, would continue to lend them support. 2 men indicted for signature buying in Pingtung County Two suspects, including a Pingtung ward chief, were indicted Monday by prosecutors for buying signatures for business tycoon Terry Gou to help him reach the level of endorsement (揹書) needed to run in Taiwan's Jan. 13-th presidential election. The Pingtung District Prosecutors Office says the ward chief, identified by his last name Chiu, was found to have paid his wife, and another man $200 NT apiece for their signatures late last year, Chiu and the other man then worked with four others to gather over 30 signatures. The two men are facing charges of "arranging bribes to compel a person to sign the candidacy petition of a specified individual." Iran Launches Strikes Against Iraq Iran says it launched strikes against a “spy headquarters and the gathering of anti-Iranian terrorist groups” shortly after missiles hit an area near the U.S. consulate in Irbil, the seat of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Regional political figures said one of the strikes killed a prominent (著名的、重要的) local businessman with a portfolio that included real estate and security services companies, along with members of his family. Soon after, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had struck “terrorist operations,” including Islamic State targets in Syria “and destroyed them by firing a number of ballistic missiles.” Another statement said they had hit a headquarters of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Poland PM Announces Elections Poland’s new Prime Minister Donald Tusk said crucial elections to choose city mayors and provincial and county administration leaders would be held April 7, with a runoff April 21. The elections, announced Monday, will test the new pro-European Union coalition government’s popular support, just six months after it won parliamentary elections. Tusk and his Cabinet took office last month, vowing to restore the importance and powers of city mayors and local governments which the previous right-wing government sought to limit. Local administrations suffered slashed (削減) funding and stalled projects and investments. Tensions between the new government and the previously ruling Law and Justice party have escalated with the latter blocking proposed bills in parliament. Pope Not Planning on Retirement Pope Francis insists that he is not thinking about retiring at the moment. With the 87-year-old suffering from (遭受) a number of health issues last year, there has been speculation that he could step back from his role, as his predecessor Benedict the Sixteenth did in 2013. Giles Gibson has more from Rome. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa
1/16/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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EZ News 01/15/24

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 28-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,541 on turnover of $3.2-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan continued to feel the pinch as a result of uncertainties created by the presidential election, giving up earlier gains. Large cap tech stocks came under pressure, driving the broader market lower as a whole, while buying rotated to "military concept stocks" amid worries over cross-strait ties as well as shipping stocks which were boosted by hopes of growing freight rates (海運運費率) in the wake of the crisis in the Red Sea. Former DPP Chairman Shih Ming-teh dies at age 83 Democracy movement leader and activist Shih Ming-teh has died at the age of 83, The Taipei Veterans General Hospital says Shih passed away early this morning, and his family confirms that today was also his birthday. Shih was jailed for years in the 60s and 70s for sedition, after calling for Taiwan's independence from China, and again between 1980 and 1990 for his role in the Formosa Incident, in which the then authoritarian Kuomintang regime (政府,政權) cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrations in Kaohsiung. He was also the founder of the Shih Ming-Te Foundation, a nongovernmental organization based in New Taipei's Xizhi District aimed at promoting the advancement of ethnic reconciliation, national freedom, equality, democracy and human rights. India Opposition Party Begins March Ahead of National Vote Thousands of members of India’s main opposition Congress party and its supporters have begun a 2-month cross-country march ahead of a crucial national vote this year. The march is led by Rahul Gandhi, scion (繼乘人) of the influential Gandhi family. This is the second time the Congress party has hit the road in the last two years to rally support for elections. India is expected to vote in a national election in April or May, and the opposition is scrambling to put up a fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi and his party remain popular after nearly a decade in power and many surveys suggest he will win a third consecutive term this year. US Texas Officials Accused of Blocking Migrant Rescue The Department of Homeland Security is accusing Texas officials of blocking federal agents who were trying to save a migrant woman and two children who drowned. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. Russia Former Mayor to Fight Russian local media say a disgraced (蒙羞) former mayor convicted over bribery has had his prison sentence cut short after signing a contract to fight with Russia’s military in Ukraine. Oleg Gumenyuk, who served as mayor of the far eastern city of Vladivostok between 2018 and 2021, was convicted last year of accepting bribes worth over $400-thousand US dollars and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. However, his lawyers say he was released after agreeing to fight in Ukraine. He said that the politician’s whereabouts were unknown, but that the former mayor was instructed to report to his military unit on Dec. 22nd. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/15/20245 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 01/12/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 9.3-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,536 on turnover of $2.4-billion N-T. The market gained ground on Thursday after Wall Street climb to a near-record high overnight and as investors are watching for a U-S inflation report, which was released after the close of trading on the local main board. Taiwan Passport Ranks 35th in Global Index R-O-C passport holders have visa-free access to 143 countries and territories around the world, ranking it 35th in the latest Henley Passport Index. The passport fell four places from 31st in the previous survey issued by the London-based consulting firm Henley & Partners in July 2023. The rankings are slightly deceptive in that place rankings do not account for (核算、考慮) ties. As although Taiwan's passport ranked 35th, 69 countries had passports with more visa-free access. Singapore tops the rankings in the latest index, sharing first place with France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Afghanistan remained at the bottom with only 28 destinations offering visa-free travel to its passport holders. Those holding these passports enjoy visa-free access to 194 nations. The Henley Passport Index compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations. Its first index was issued in 2006. Iran Seizes Oil Tanker Iran’s navy has seized an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman that once was at the center of a major crisis between Tehran and Washington, a seizure that further escalates tensions in the Mideast waterways. The vessel was once known as the Suez Rajan and was involved in a yearlong dispute that ultimately (最終) saw the U.S. Justice Department seize 1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil on it. Iran’s state-run television acknowledged the seizure late Thursday afternoon, hours after armed men boarded it. The seizure also comes after weeks of attacks by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on shipping in the Red Sea. SAfrica Accuses Israel of Genocide at ICJ Hearing South African lawyers speaking at the International Court of Justice say Israel planned to "destroy" Gaza. Lawyers are demanding Israel stop what they say is a "genocidal" (種族滅絕的) military operation against the residents of Gaza - to which Israel will respond on Friday. From outside the International Court of Justice in The Netherlands, Ishan Garg reports. Argentina Annual Inflation Rate Highest Ever Argentina's statistics agency says the country has registered a monthly inflation rate of 25.5% in December and closed 2023 with an annual inflation of 211.4%. That's the highest rate in 32 years. The data reflects the strong impact (影響) of a series of shock measures, including a 50% devaluation of the nation’s currency, implemented by right-wing President Javier Milei in hopes of eventually taming the country's roaring inflation. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/12/20245 minutes, 56 seconds
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EZ News 01/11/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,478 on turnover of $2.2 billion N-T. The market continued to lose ground and turnover slipped once again on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of U-S consumer price index data for December later this week, as turnover slipped once again. Analysts say this week's continuing downward trend and low turnover also reflect how this weekend's presidential and legislative elections are weighing on market sentiment. Over 50 Listed as Suspects in Alleged Subsidized China Trip Case The Yilan District Prosecutors' Office says 53 people have been listed as suspects in an ongoing investigation into violations of the anti-infiltration (反滲透) and election laws. They were listed as suspects after being questioned and include several village and neighborhood chiefs. All of them allegedly traveled to China on trips subsidized by the Chinese government in December of last year. According to the prosecutors' office, they were invited by Chinese officials in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province and Hebei Province and traveled on schedules arranged by officials from China's Taiwan Affairs Office. The suspects were were allegedly asked to state that they "support the parties that boost cross-strait relations," and "oppose Taiwan independence" during the trips and some reportedly joined Chinese officials in chanting pro-unification slogans. Japan Begins Building US Military Base on Okinawa Japan’s government is beginning construction (建造) on a new US military base in the country’s Okinawa islands, overriding the objections of local officials. Tokyo approved landfill works to relocate the Futenma airbase to the Henoko region by proxy after Okinawa’s government refused to green-light the project, saying it will destroy local ecosystems and attract war. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. Somalia AlShabab Fighters Attack UN Helicopter Officials in Somalia say fighters with al-Qaida’s East Africa affiliate al-Shabab have attacked a United Nations helicopter that made an emergency landing in territory controlled by the extremists, killing one passenger and abducting (綁架) five others. One official told the Associated Press that the helicopter landed due to engine failure. He said six foreigners and one Somali national were on board and one was shot dead while trying to escape. One was missing. The United Nations confirmed the incident but didn't give details for the safety of those on board. Al-Shabab has not immediately claimed responsibility. Greece PM to Submit Legislation for SameSex Marriage Greece’s center-right prime minister says his government will soon submit legislation allowing civil marriage for same-sex couples. That's despite reservations from some of his party's own lawmakers and the country’s powerful church. But Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the proposed (提出的) law will not extend the right to parenthood through surrogate mothers to same-sex couples — an issue that has divided Greek society. Mitsotakis said Wednesday he is confident the law can be approved in parliament with cross-party support, even though he won't force those of his lawmakers who are against it to back it. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/11/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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EZ News 01/10/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 39-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,495 on turnover of 2.6-billion N-T. The market closed slightly lower on Tuesday, as the main board gave up its early gains ahead of Saturday's elections. Selling sent old economy and financial stocks lower, while the bellwether electronics sector remained above the previous day's closing level, despite coming off an initial upturn - and that was led by large semiconductor stocks. Lai Urges Beijing to Engage in Talks with Taiwan D-P-P presidential candidate Lai Ching-te is calling on China's leadership to assume responsibility for regional stability and engage in dialogue with Taiwan. Speaking at at a press conference in Taipei, Lai said the "door will always be open to engagements (互動) with Beijing on the principles of equality and dignity." Lai said if elected he will continue President Tsai Ing-wen's policies, including efforts to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and expand links with democratic nations. Lai went on to say that believes his being elected "will be helpful for creating a new situation in the Indo-Pacific region" that will contribute to the "stability of the Taiwan Strait." Air Force Plays Down T-34C Trainer Replacement Plan The Ministry of National Defense is stressing that it has not made any final decision on whether to choose locally designed and built jet trainers to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of Beechcraft T-34Cs. The statement comes after the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation earlier this week announced that it had completed the first stage of design for a military trainer aircraft to replace the T-34Cs. A-I-D-C said a prototype is expected to be completed by 2028, and mass production could begin in 2031. However, the defense ministry says it is "still considering (考慮) whether to "choose locally-made trainers, trainers that are the results of local and international cooperation, or simply rent new trainers instead of buying them." Yemen Houthi Rebels Fire at Red Sea Ships Yemen’s Houthi rebels have unleashed a barrage of drones and missiles targeting shipping in the Red Sea, though no damage was initially apparent (明顯的). That's according to a private intelligence firm and the British military. The assault late Tuesday happened off the Yemeni port cities of Hodeida and Mokha. In the Hodeida incident, the intelligence firm said ships described over radio seeing missiles and drones, with U.S.-allied warships in the area urging “vessels to proceed at maximum speed.” Off Mokha, ships saw missiles fired, a drone in the air and small vessels trailing them. A Houthi official acknowledged the attack in comments reported by Al Jazeera. Japan Moves to Clarify Runway Instructions After Haneda Crash Officials in Japan are implementing emergency steps to avoid collisions at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after two aircraft crashed on the tarmac last week. Investigators believe vague updates from the control tower may have led a pilot to mistakenly (錯誤地) believe he had clearance to enter the runway while another aircraft was landing. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/10/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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EZ News 01/09/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,585 on turnover of 2.7-billion N-T. The market saw a technical rebound on Monday on the back of gains seen by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. However, the upturn was limited amid investor caution ahead of the release of more U-S economic data later in the week, which could influence how the Federal Reserve will seek to handle monetary policy in the future. Tsai Talks Next-Gen IDF In news from and about Taiwan this morning, President Tsai Ing-wen says the government is preparing to develop the next generation of indigenous jet fighters. According to Tsai, the move is aimed at "ensuring continuity of her administration's national defense policy." She made the announcement during an interview with ERA News, in which she highlighted the government's resolve to build Taiwan's autonomy in the area of defense systems and the government's "defense autonomy" plan. Tsai went on to say "if the plan is interrupted, it will be difficult to resume" - and expressed her hope that the next president will maintain support for the development of the island's defense industry. Ministry of Culture Announces Rollout of Pop Promotion Subsidies The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will begin accepting applications for the government's pop music promotion subsidy program from tomorrow. According to the ministry, the program has been developed to promote the production of pop music programs aimed at international markets. The program has been granted funding of 10-billion N-T from now through 2027. The ministry says popular music programs that will be considered for subsidies need to include at least 10 episodes and have a production cost of at least 6-million N-T per episode. Approved applications can receive a subsidy of up to 40-per cent of the total estimated production costs. US Blinken: ArabNations Turkey Agree to PostWar Planning for Gaza U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says four key Arab nations and Turkey have agreed to begin planning for the reconstruction and governance of Gaza once Israel・s war against Hamas ends. Blinken spoke Monday after meeting with the Saudi crown prince. He is on an urgent Mideast mission that also took him to Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Arab countries had previously resisted U.S. calls for post-war planning to begin, insisting that there must first be a cease-fire and a sharp reduction in civilian suffering caused by Israel's military offensive. Blinken said he would bring the Arab commitments to Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian leader before presenting them to the Egyptian president. OpenAI Responds to NYT Lawsuit Chat GPT creator Open AI has responded to a lawsuit from the New York Times accusing it of copyright infringement. In a statement, Open AI said it rejects the claim that it doesn't have a legal right to use publicly available materials to train its large language model. Ira Spitzer reports from San Francisco. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/9/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 01/05/24

降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Taiwan shares rose slightly Newly unveiled carbon pricing formula gets mixed industry response Number of days off work from public holidays to total 11 in 2024 Japan Earthquake update NYC sues bus companies over migrants row
1/5/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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EZ News 01/04/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 15-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,574 on turnover of $2.8-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan took a beating Wednesday, tumbling nearly 300 points, as investors took their cue from heavy losses suffered by tech stocks on U.S. markets overnight by trimming holdings in large electronics stocks on the local main board. Contract chipmaker TSMC led the downtrend as it failed to withstand stiff selling and fell below the nearest technical support at around its 20-day moving average by the end of the trading session. Over 30% vegetables fail pesticide residue tests: Foundation Testing conducted by an NPO finds that over 30-percent of fresh vegetables failed checks for pesticide residue (殘留物). The Consumer's Foundation says it purchased 12 randomly chosen vegetables in August 2023 at wet markets and traditional night markets in Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung, and pesticide residue testing resulted in a failure of 33-percent. And 67 percent of produce labeled or advertised as "organic" were found to contain large amounts of pesticide residue. The foundation says it used a rapid pesticide screening method recommended by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. It noted that suppliers of farm produce incorrectly labeled as organic can face fines up to $300-thousand NT according to government regulations. The foundation urged consumers to check whether vendors selling organic vegetables have a certificate indicating they have been certified to sell such produce and that it contains the name of the certification body and a registration number. Japan Earthquake Rescue Continues Amid Rough Weather Rescuers in Japan are braving the cold in a race against time as they search for survivors along the country's western coastline after a powerful earthquake earlier in the week left at least 77 people dead and 35 missing. A downpour (傾盆大雨) and possible snow are expected, raising the risk of landslides. A list of those officially missing grew from 15 to 35 people, including a 13-year-old boy. Ishikawa prefecture and nearby areas were shaken by more aftershocks, adding to the dozens that followed Monday’s magnitude 7.6 temblor. Nearly 33-thousand people are staying at evacuation centers, and local officials are encouraging everyone ot use masks and take precautions against the spread of infectious diseases. Uganda Gay Rights Activist Stabbed A well-known gay rights activist in Uganda has been stabbed by unknown assailants, and police say he has been hospitalized in critical condition (病危). A police spokesperson says two attackers who arrived on motorcycle attacked Kabuye, and nearby residents found him after the attack. According to a fellow activist, Kabuye had claimed the attackers had been following him for several days, and intended to kill him. Ugandan rights activists have expressed fears that a new law against homosexuality enacted in May would increase attacks against the gay community. US SF Installs Nets on Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco finally has installed (安裝) nets to stop suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
1/4/20246 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 2024/01/03

降息列車要出發了!想贏「債」起跑點!就快搜尋中信美國公債20年(00795B),持有成本相對低,長期投資CP值高,美國公債配息較穩定,還享個人海外所得最低稅負制優勢。 🔺渴望擁息收賺利差嗎?趕緊上車快看這:https://bit.ly/4aFtgVa ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Taiwan congratulates new Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine Kaohsiung MRT rider gets 3 months in jail for attacking station master Israel Palestine latest Russia Ukraine war update Mickey Mouse Horror movies
1/3/20244 minutes, 56 seconds
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EZ News 01/02/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 9-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,939.8 on turnover of $2.3-billion N-T. Taiwanese to enjoy 115 days off work in 2024 Workers in Taiwan are expected to have a total of 115 days off this year, including public holidays and weekends. The next significant (重要的) public holiday is the week-long Lunar New Year holiday from February 8th to 14th. Other public holidays include Peace Memorial Day on February 28th, a four-day holiday in April for Children's Day and Tomb Sweeping Day, and the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend on June 8th to 10th. In the second half of the year, there are two public holidays: the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 17th and National Day on October 10th. Note that Labor Day on May 1st and Armed Forces Day on September 3rd are not included in this list. (CNA-JI) Japan Earthquake Rescue Continues A series of powerful earthquakes has hit western Japan, leaving at least four people dead and damaging buildings, vehicles and boats. Officials are warning people in some areas today to stay away from their homes because of a continuing risk of major quakes. Aftershocks continued to shake Ishikawa prefecture and nearby areas a day after a magnitude 7.6 temblor slammed the area on Monday afternoon. Officials say four people are confirmed dead in Ishikawa and police are investigating two other reported deaths. On Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a major tsunami warning for Ishikawa and lower-level tsunami warnings or advisories for the rest of the western coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, as well as for the northern island of Hokkaido. The warning was downgraded (降級) several hours later, and all tsunami warnings were lifted as of early Tuesday. Waves measuring more than one meter hit some places. The agency warned that more major quakes could hit the area over the next few days. Epstein Documents to be Unsealed This Week Several court documents regarding Jeffrey Epstein's associates are to be unsealed this week with Former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew expected to be named. In 2019 Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell in Manhattan while facing charges of child sex-trafficking and conspiracy (陰謀). Jody Jacobs reports from New York… Ethiopia Somalia Sign Agreement for Coastline Access Landlocked Ethiopia has taken the first steps toward gaining access to the sea, signing an agreement in the capital of Addis Ababa with the breakaway (獲得獨立的) Somali region of Somaliland to access the Somaliland coastline. The memorandum of understanding was signed Monday by leaders on both sides. As part of the deal, Somaliland plans to lease a 20-km stretch of land along its coastline to Ethiopia to establish a marine force base. And Somaliland's president said the agreement included a statement that Ethiopia would recognize Somaliland as an independent country in the near future. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- NordVPN守護您網路個資的好夥伴! 現在透過連結:https://nordvpn.com/bestpartner 購買2年方案,還加送4個月,以及30天退款保證。
1/2/20245 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 12/29/23

Tai-Ex opening down Candidates Slam China for Allegedly Pressuring Mayday Taiwan auto show opens in Taipei Oil prices falling Britain storm inflicted destructions Blender recall for unsafe blades World population to surpass 8 billion
12/29/20234 minutes, 50 seconds
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EZ News 12/28/23

MND Confirms 5,000 Military Personnel will be Unable to Vote Culture Points Cash to be Available for 16-22-Year-Olds from January 20 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for bolstered war readiness NYT sues OpenAI and Microsoft Oil prices retreat
12/28/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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EZ News 12/27/23

First Indictment Handed Down for Organizing Election Related China Tours CDC Urges People to get XBB Vaccine Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases Israel's war against Hamas deepens Police are investigating incidents involving Colorado justices North Korean leader touts achievements
12/27/20235 minutes, 5 seconds
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EZ News 12/26/23

廖文強2023全新EP《成為誰的家》 影集式MV特邀「沒有營養的生活智慧王」主演 落難到地球的火星人,該怎麼找到回家的路? 讓音樂與影像帶你擁抱自己的獨特、 接納溫暖的陪伴、找到自己的歸屬。 影集式 MV 現正連載中: https://bit.ly/3uIVJsF ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- EVA Airway Vows to Hike Wages and Give Year-End Bonuses Yang Yung-wei Nabs Sports Elite Award for Best Male Athlete of 2023 Israel-Palestinians war with no end in sight Ukraine has celebrated Christmas and continues its battles with Russian forces Plane Grounded in France
12/26/20235 minutes, 5 seconds
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EZ News 12/25/2023

NordVPN守護您網路個資的好夥伴! 現在透過連結:https://nordvpn.com/bestpartner 購買2年方案,還加送4個月,以及30天退款保證。 ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Environmental Groups Rally in Taichung Survey Finds Over 88% of Employers to Give Year-End Bonuses Czech shooting memorial Ukraine moves Christmas to Dec. 25 and Russian attacks Billionaire bought part of Premier League
12/25/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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EZ News 12/22/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 42-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,586 on turnover of $3.8-billion N-T. Snow falls on Mt. Taiping in northeast Taiwan Snow fell for the first time this winter on Tai-ping-shan, located in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan, before Thursday midnight as the temperature there plunged (驟然下降) to minus 6 degrees Celsius. The Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area management center says the owl sculpture on the Taiping Villa plaza in the 2,000-meter-high mountain was seen covered in a thin layer of snow. Around 1-thousand visitors were urged to leave as early as possible due to concerns that slippery icy roads could hinder their descent from the mountain. Today, officials say the recreation area is open as usual, but motorists are advised to drive carefully, although no snow chains were required for their vehicles. They say as of early morning, about 1 centimeter of snow covered the villa and Cueifong Lake area. UN Warning on Famine in Gaza A report from the U.N. finds that more than half a million people in Gaza are starving because of not enough food entering the territory since the outbreak of war more than 10 weeks ago. The World Food Program's chief economist says “it is a situation where pretty much everybody in Gaza is hungry.” He warned that if the war between Israel and Hamas continues at the same levels, and food deliveries are not restored, the population could face “a full-fledged (完全的) famine within the next six months.” Israel says it is in the final stages of clearing out Hamas militants from northern Gaza, but that months of fighting lie ahead in the south. Canada to Offer Temp Visas to Gaza Civilian with Canadian Relatives Canada’s immigration minister says people in the Gaza Strip who have Canadian relatives will now be able to apply for temporary visas to Canada. The minister says the government will start accepting applications for people with extended family (不同世代的親戚) connections to Canada, including parents, grandparents, siblings and grandchildren. He said people will be offered three-year visas if they meet eligibility and admissibility criteria. The minister expects the program to be up and running by Jan. 9-th, but says the federal government cannot guarantee them safe passage out of the besieged Palestinian territory. Until now, the government has focused on getting 660 Canadians, permanent residents, and their spouses and children out of the Gaza Strip. US Federal Judge Blocks California Law Restricting Guns A federal judge has blocked a California law that would have banned guns in most public places on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The ruling is a blow for gun control advocates, but the state says it plans to appeal (上訴) the decision. Ira Spitzer reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/22/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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EZ News 12/21/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 104-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,531 on turnover of $4-billion N-T. The market moved higher on Wednesday as investors reacted positively to the gains posted on Wall Street overnight, as artificial intelligence development-related stock led the upturn. The main board opened marginally (稍微地,略微地) higher, but continued to gain ground throughout the session, as buying was sparked by increases on the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq indexes overnight. Cheaper Intercity Bus Travel for New Year's Day Holiday The Highway Bureau says ticket prices on all 88 intercity bus routes will cheaper during the December 30 to January 1 New Year's Day holiday. According to the bureau, passengers will have their bus fare either calculated based on the weekday price or be offered a 15-per cent discount in anticipation of (預計) heavy traffic. Passengers taking selected bus routes in the east will also be able to choose between two preferential packages limited to the area. The Highway Bureau is warning that traffic congestion is expected to be worse on provincial highways No. 1, No. 9, and No. 61, as well as others roads connecting to freeways and tourist spots during the long weekend holiday. NKorea: Launches Show Intent to Attack if Provoked North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says he won’t hesitate (猶豫) to attack in the event of a ‘nuclear provocation’ by the US or South Korea. Chris Gilbert reports. UN on Afghanistan Girls in Religious Schools The United Nations says it's seeking to verify reports that Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are allowing girls of all ages to study at Islamic religious schools that are traditionally boys-only. The U.N.’s top official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday that the U.N. is receiving “more and more anecdotal (傳聞的) evidence” that girls can study at these schools known as madrassas. She says it's not clear "what constitutes a madrassa, if there is a standardized curriculum that allows modern education subjects, and how many girls are able to study in madrassas.” The Taliban have been globally condemned for banning girls and women from secondary school and university, and allowing girls to study only through the sixth grade. Switzerland Moves to Ban Use of Hate Symbols Switzerland’s upper house of parliament has taken steps toward banning the use of racist symbols that excuse violent or extremist behavior, including speech, gestures and the display of flags that stir hatred, as well as the public wearing of symbols reminiscent (引人聯想) of Nazi tyranny in Europe. The Council of States voted 23-16 with three abstentions on a proposal that would criminalize displays of such symbols and gestures in the public space. The measure now moves on to the lower house, the National Council. Such a measure, if passed, would put Switzerland on track to join several of its European neighbors that have similar bans against incitement to hatred. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 12/20/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 32-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,608 on turnover of $3.1-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed lower Tuesday after U.S. Federal Reserve officials made hawkish remarks which slashed hopes that the American central bank would cut rates next year. Selling was seen almost across the whole board but losses were capped after bargain-hunters began buying up select tech heavyweights after the main board dipped below the 17,500-point mark. Cases of new COVID-19 variant remain low in Taiwan: CDC The Centers for Disease Control say the number of JN.1 COVID-19 variant cases recorded in Taiwan remains relatively low in Taiwan, currently making up only 3 percent of COVID cases detected in the last four weeks. CDC spokesperson Lo Yi-chun says the JN.1 variant had been detected in over 40 nations around the world as of Dec. 18-th. Lo says JN.1 is the fastest-spreading variant in Western nations, but cases have remained relatively (相對地) low in countries close to Taiwan, with the variant being detected in less than 10 percent of COVID-19 cases reported in Japan. Lo explained that while JN.1 is equipped with immune avoidance capabilities that enable it to spread easily, there has been no significant increase in the number of severe cases from the variant, meaning it has a relatively low public health risk factor. China Earthquake Search Continues as Death Toll Rises Chinese media now say at least 131 people have been killed, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in the country’s northwest. State broadcaster CCTV says 113 died in the province of Gansu and another 18 in neighboring Qinghai province. The quake struck just before midnight on Monday. More than 700 people have been injured. Emergency workers are still searching for the missing in collapsed buildings and at least one landslide. At least 4,000 firefighters, soldiers and police officers were dispatched in the rescue effort, and the People's Liberation Army Western Theatre set up a command post (指揮所) to direct its work. But authorities in Gansu issued an appeal for 300 additional workers for search and rescue operations. US Colorado Supreme Court Disqualifies Trump from Ballot The Supreme Court in the US state of Colorado has ruled that Donald Trump can't appear on the state's presidential primary ballot due to his role in the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. The former president says he plans to appeal (上訴) the decision to the federal Supreme Court. Ira Spitzer reports. Colombia Guinea Children Abandoned in Airport Colombian authorities say two children from the West African nation of Guinea were abandoned in Bogota’s airport and taken into government custody this week after spending several days on their own in the international departures terminal. Colombia’s national immigration department said the children, aged 10 and 13, had been travelling with separate groups and were left in the airport by their relatives earlier this month for reasons that have not been clarified (澄清、說明). The discovery of the children comes as migrants from Africa increasingly use South American and Central American airports as stepping stones on the long route to the United States. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/20/20236 minutes, 18 seconds
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EZ News 12/19/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Taiwan passes law to tighten security at military facilities Taiwan is moving to tighten security at military bases around Taiwan. Under the bill, people inside a military facility taking unauthorized pictures or video or engaging in any other reconnaissance activities with an intent to endanger national security shall be subject to up to three years in jail. And individuals caught entering restricted military areas will be subject to a fine of up to $200-thousand NT for trespassing (違法、 擅自進入、侵入). Defense officials say the new law will not apply to military aficionados taking pictures or filming fighter jets landing and taking off from a military base, if such actions did not endanger the safety of military activities or national security. Centuries-old poetry to illuminate celebration of Arabic language in Taipei The National Central Library will host a 13-day exhibition centered around a centuries-old poetry collection, in celebration of World Arabic Language Day on Dec. 18. The libary says the exhibition is set to display how the Arabic language has inspired creativity in poetry and art for centuries, and is in line with the theme "Arabic -- the Language of Poetry and Arts," chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In addition to showcasing traditional attire (服裝), cultural artifacts and literature in the Arabic-speaking world, the exhibition spotlights "The Mu'allaqat," a collection of works by renowned classical Arab poets from the sixth or seventh century. The exhibition opens today, and will run through the end of the year. Force to Protect Transiting Ships in Red Sea The U.S. and a host of other nations are creating a new force to protect ships transiting the Red Sea that have come under attack by drones and ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the force in Bahrain early today. Under the new initiative, dubbed Prosperity Guardian, countries including the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands will protect transiting (通過) ships. Some will conduct joint patrols while others provide support in the southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. This comes after US officials say another commercial vessel has been attacked in the Red Sea. U.S. correspondent William Denselow reports. Iceland Volcano Eruption A volcanic eruption started Monday night on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, prompting the country’s civil defense to be on high alert. Officials say the eruption appears to have occurred about four kilometers from the town of Grindavik, and local webcam video showed the moment of the eruption as a flash of light illuminating the sky at 10:17pm local time. Iceland’s foreign minister says there are no disruptions (中斷、擾亂) to flights to and from Iceland and that international flight corridors remain open. He says a coast guard helicopter will attempt to confirm the exact location — and size — of the eruption, and will also measure gas emissions. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/19/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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EZ News 12/18/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 37-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,638 on turnover of $4.1-billion N-T. Oil tanker cabin washing suspected as source of east coast oil waste The Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) suggests that waste oil discovered along the coast of eastern Taiwan could be runoff waste from the washing of oil tanker cabins. Despite no reported leaks from oil tankers passing through waters off eastern Taiwan, the source of the waste oil remains unknown. Officials collected on-site samples and utilized simulation and tracking (追蹤) technologies but found no leaks. Waste oil collected in Keelung and New Taipei, while harder to analyze due to volatilization, is likely to belong to the same category as that found on Green Island. The OAC urges ship crews to keep waste oil on board and hand it to certified companies for disposal upon arrival at the next harbor. Vessels caught leaking waste oil face a maximum fine of 30 million NT for violating the Marine Pollution Control Act. US Defense Secretary Heads to Israel US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is heading to Tel Aviv as part of a multi day tour of the middle east. While in Israel he is expected to call for a narrower (有侷限性的) military operation in Gaza in order to avoid triggering regional tensions. Jagruti Dave reports from Washington. Colombia Rebels Agree to Stop Using Kidnappings to Raise Funds Rebels from Colombia’s leftist National Liberation Army have agreed to stop using kidnapping as a fund-raising tactic, if the current cease-fire with the government is extended. The pledge came at the end of a round of talks between the two sides over the weekend. Colombians have grown angry at kidnappings by the guerrillas. That anger mounted in October when the rebels abducted (綁架) the father of soccer star Luis Diaz, and held him for 12 days before he was released. It is not clear if the rebels will release an estimated 38 Colombians they currently hold in captivity, often pending a ransom demand Greece Gov Budget Approved with Debt at Investment Grade The Greek parliament has approved the government’s 2024 budget, the first in 14 years with Greek debt listed at investment grade. The budget passed Sunday evening on a 158-142 vote in the 300-member body, with only lawmakers from the governing conservative New Democracy party voting for it. In a separate vote, the defense budget was approved 249-51. The budget forecasts economic growth of 2.9% in 2024, up from 2.4% in 2023. It predicts (預測) inflation will average a higher-than-expected 2.8%, but investments are expected to grow 15.1%. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/18/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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EZ News 12/15/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 40-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,693 on turnover of $4.5-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex gained more than 180 points on Thursday to close above the 17,600-point mark and hit its highest level since March of 2022 - as investors reacted positively to a decision by the U-S Federal Reserve on interest rates. Large-cap stocks, in particular those in the bellwether electronics sector, led the main board higher, while buying also spread to the non-tech sector -- with financial heavyweights posting strong gains and helping to boost the wider market. Quarantine Agency to Increase Inspections on Custard Apple Exports The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency says it is stepping-up quarantine sampling of custard apple exports to China. The move comes amid reports that pests have being detected (檢測到) in a recent container of custard apples exported to China. It was the first since Beijing resumed allowing the import of Taiwan custard apple after suspending imports of one variety (種類) of the fruits in September of 2021 due to pest concerns. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency says it is currently unable to confirm what type of pests were detected, as China has not issued any official documentation about the incident. Putin Not Giving Up on Ukraine War Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will not give up its fight in Ukraine. AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. EU to Open Accession to Ukraine and Moldova In related news…. The European Union has decided to open accession (加入) negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova. European Council President Charles Michel called it “a clear signal of hope for their people and our continent.” The decision was announced at a summit of the leaders of the 27 EU countries Thursday. Although the process between opening negotiations and Ukraine finally becoming a member could take many years, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the agreement as “a victory for Ukraine. A victory for all of Europe.” Left on the summit agenda now is a promise to give Ukraine $50-billion euros in financial aid to stave off Russia's invasion. Japanese Satellite Launch from NZ California-based Rocket Lab plans to launch a Japanese satellite today from the space company's complex on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The mission was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to forecast strong winds until today. Rocket Lab says the Electron rocket will carry a TSUKUYOMI-I satellite into orbit on behalf of a Japanese start-up Institute for Q-shu Pioneers of Space Inc. The synthetic-aperture radar satellite will collect (收集) images of the Earth. The mission would be Rocket Lab’s 10th for 2023, exceeding its annual record of nine set last year. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/15/20236 minutes
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EZ News 12/14/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 13-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,482 on turnover of $3.7-billion N-T. The market closed marginally higher on Wednesday, as early gains shrank amid cautious investor sentiment ahead of the conclusion of the U-S Federal Reserve's final policy making meeting of this year. But the bellwether electronics sector still managed to lead the main board to its highest level so far this year, as buying rotated to highly priced stocks, in particular in those in the semiconductor sector. MOFA Hoping Guatemala's Election Turmoil has been Resolved The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expressing its hope that Guatemala's ongoing controversy over its newly elected leader will be resolved peacefully. The call comes days after prosecutors in Guatemala took steps to block President-elect Bernardo Arevalo from taking office next month. Prosecutors sought to annul the election results amid accusations of an "attempted coup," however, Guatemala's electoral court has insisted the results are "unchangeable." According to head of the ministry Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, the government here in Taiwan is hoping that Guatemala can have a "smooth government transition (轉變,過渡期)" on January 14 when the new president is sworn in. However, officials refuse to say whether President Tsai Ing-wen or Vice President Lai Ching-te will attend Arevalo's inauguration ceremony - saying only the government will make an announcement "in due time." US House Votes to Formally Open Biden Impeachment Inquiry The US House of Representatives has voted to formally open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Republicans have accused Biden of corruption (腐敗), but have yet to produce much evidence. Ira Spitzer has more. EU Grants Hungary Access to Frozen Funds The European Union says it will grant Hungary access to billions of euros in frozen funds. The announcement comes just as Prime Minister Viktor Orban appears ready to defy his EU partners and veto decisions on the opening of membership talks and vital financial aid for Ukraine. The money was frozen a year ago over concerns that democratic backsliding (倒退) in Hungary was putting the EU budget at risk. But the European Commission ruled Wednesday that Orban’s government has addressed some of its concerns, notably on justice reforms. It’s willing to grant access to $11 billion to reimburse money that Hungary spends on infrastructure and other projects. Netherlands SKorea Stepping Up Semiconductor Cooperation The Dutch caretaker prime minister says the Netherlands and South Korea are stepping up cooperation in the field of semiconductor chips as part of a deepening “strategic partnership.” Mark Rutte spoke after a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during his two-day state visit. Their meeting came a day after Yoon visited the headquarters of semiconductor chip machine maker ASML in the Netherlands. As part of the visit, South Korean nuclear power company KHNP signed a contract to carry out a feasibility study (可行性研究) into the construction of two new nuclear power plants in a Dutch town. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 理想混蛋 第三張創作專輯【半熟理想 Sunny-side Up】 半熟的少年們 帶著半熟的理想出發 前往遠方的一路上 經歷失去 學會珍惜 12 首詞曲全創作 邀你一同聆聽 名為成長的疼痛與喜悅 理想混蛋【很遠的遠方】MV https://bit.ly/3RiWPo4
12/14/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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EZ News 12/13/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 3-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,448 on turnover of $3.4-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex made marginal gains on Tuesday, but still managed to close at its highest level of the year so far - as investors await the outcome of this week's final 2023 meeting of America's central bank. Market watchers say the gains were driven mainly by small and mid-cap electronics companies and there's expectations that the main board could continue to climb in the coming days, depending on the results of the U-S Federal Reserve's policy making meeting. Taiwan and Japan Sign Customs Issues MOU Taiwan and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding on customs cooperation. The agreement is aimed at promoting (玃秈) cooperation on customs issues between the customs offices of the port of Keelung and Yokohama. According to the head of the Keelung Customs Office, the agreement will facilitate customs cooperation between the two sides and streamline customs clearance processes. The the two sides also agreed in the M-O-U to cooperate in combating trafficking and smuggling, sharing intelligence, and taking on tariff issues. UN Votes to Demand Ceasefire in Gaza The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to demand a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza in a strong demonstration of global support for ending the Israel-Hamas war. The vote in the 193-member world body was 153 in favor, 10 against and 23 abstentions. The support was higher than for an Oct. 27 resolution that called for a ¨humanitarian truce〃 leading to a cessation (氨ゎ) of hostilities. Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding. But the assemblyˇs messages are important barometers of world opinion. Biden Urges Aid or Ukraine US President Joe Biden has urged Congress to approve billions of dollars for Ukraine, warning that not to do so would be a "Christmas gift" for Russia's leader. Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House on Tuesday, amid a funding fight which has seen Republicans refuse (┶荡) to support extra assistance for Kyiv. Nick Harper report from Washington. ELECTION PANEL PROMO As Taiwan prepares for its 2024 presidential elections, ICRT and TVBS World Taiwan present "Taiwan Goes to the Polls." Its an English language roundtable discussion featuring a group of academics and journalists, disussin the latest polling data, the campaigns, and possible outcomes. The event takes place at the International Conference Hall 202 at the National Taiwan Normal University Campus, at Taipei's Heping Campus from 7 to 9pm December 13. The event will also be live-streamed on T-V-B-S' New YouTube Channel and T-V-B-S World Taiwan YouTube Channel. Admission is free. Please check I-C-R-T's social media pages and its website for more information. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/13/20236 minutes, 3 seconds
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EZ News 12/12/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 11-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,429 on turnover of 2.6-billion N-T. The market closed higher on Monday, as investors were buoyed by Wall Street reaching a 20-month high at the end of last week ahead of the release of U-S inflation data and a final rate decision of the year by America's central bank. Chinese Aircraft Carrier Transits Taiwan Strait The Ministry of National Defense says China's "Shandong aircraft carrier has transited the Taiwan for first time in a month. According to the ministry, the carrier strike group conducted (進行) the southbound transit through the Strait on the Chinese side of the median line. Defense officials say the transit was closely monitored through joint intelligence and surveillance systems. The Shandong was last detected transiting through the Taiwan Strait on November 9, when it was traveling northbound after concluding drills in the South China Sea. Taoyuan International Airport E-Gates to be Upgraded The National Immigration Agency says electronic immigration gates at Taoyuan International Airport will be fully upgraded before the Lunar New Year holiday. According the agency, the upgraded e-gates will see improved recognition rates and speeds - which means faster biometric (生物識別) identification with a clearer graphical interface. The agency says the changes will speed up e-gate process. The National Immigration Agency began upgrading the e-gate systems at terminals 1 and 2 last month as part of efforts to phase out older versions. It says both of the airport's terminals will be fully equipped with fourth generation e-gate machines by 2025. COP28 Close to Reaching Final Deal Countries at United Nations-led climate talks in Dubai moved closer to reaching a final deal on Monday, but critics condemned (譴責) a draft agreement as a watered-down document that won't stop dangerous climate change. More than 100 countries have called to phase out planet-warming fossil fuels. Instead, the draft called for countries to reduce “consumption and production of fossil fuels, in a just, orderly and equitable manner.” The Bangladeshi envoy said a revised text would be presented this morning that takes into account the many comments on the draft. The talks are supposed to end Tuesday, but the annual conference often runs beyond its appointed end date. US Special Council Asks SCOTUS to Rule on Presidential Immunity Special counsel Jack Smith who is investigating former US president Donald Trump has asked the country's highest court to decide whether Trump has any immunity (免疫) from criminal prosecution for alleged crimes he committed while in office. AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports WHO Warning on Anthrax Outbreak in Africa The World Health Organization says five countries in East and southern Africa are in the middle of outbreaks of the anthrax disease with more than 1,100 suspected cases and 20 deaths this year. A total of 1,166 suspected cases have been reported in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Thirty-seven cases have been confirmed by laboratory tests. Anthrax usually affects livestock like cattle, sheep and goats as well as wild herbivores. Humans can be infected if they are exposed to the animals or contaminated (污染) animal products. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 來場說走就走的輕旅行吧! 華航與台虎推出澳港套票,只要4,650元起,讓你輕鬆玩雙城! 享受華麗的五星飯店,超多道地美食,散步世界文化遺產,要你歡樂加乘! https://bit.ly/3ugfk3l
12/12/20236 minutes, 2 seconds
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EZ News 12/11/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 32-points this morning from Friday's close, at 17,416 on turnover of 4.2-billion N-T. The market rebounded on Friday to close up more 100-points, as investors were buoyed ahead of a U-S jobs report after Wall Street rose overnight to snap its first three-day losing streak since the end of October. Hou Proposes Starting with 'Low-Level, Stable Cross-Strait Exchanges K-M-T presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih says he believes exchanges between Taiwan and China should start in less sensitive areas before official interactions begin. Speaking at a campaign event in New Taipei's Zhonghe District, Hou said if elected he will first seek (要求, 設法) cross-strait interaction in a "low-level and stable" way. According to Hou, along with prioritizing efforts to strengthen Taiwan's self-defense capabilities, he will also propose that the two sides start with educational, religious, cultural and economic exchanges before launching an official mode of interaction. Chinese Rocket Passes over Taiwan The Ministry of National Defense says a carrier rocket launched by China has passed directly over Taiwan before entering orbit. According to defense officials, it's the first rocket to take that path following four other launchers earlier in the month. Defense officials say the Long March-2D carrier rocked blasted off Sunday morning from the Xi-Chang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province and its takeoff trajectory (軌道) saw it pass over southwestern Taiwan. The defense ministry says its intelligence systems closely tracked (追蹤) the launch. It was the fifth such rocket to be launched by China this month and the second one in as many days. However, none of the other rockets passed directly over Taiwan. Osprey Crash Remains Recovered Divers have recovered the remains of the seventh of the eight crew members from a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed off southern Japan during a training mission. The Air Force CV-22 Osprey went down Nov. 29 just off Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan while on its way to Okinawa. The bodies of six of the crew had since been recovered, including five from the sunken wreckage (殘骸) of the aircraft. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement Sunday that the body recovered by Air Force divers was one of the two crew still missing. The U.S. military has grounded all its Osprey helicopters after a preliminary investigation indicated something went wrong with the aircraft that was not a human error. US Trump Won't Testify Again at Fraud Trial From the US….. Donald Trump says he won't testify again at his fraud trial, where he's facing charges of inflating (誇大, 抬高) the value of his properties. It's a change of course for the former president who earlier had planned to appear in the New York court on Monday as the trial nears its conclusion Ira Spitzer reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/11/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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EZ News 12/08/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 31-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,309 on turnover of $2.98-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex joined other regional markets and lost ground on Thursday, following a slump on Wall Street overnight after crude oil prices slipped on expectations that supply might outpace demand. CDC Says Over 6-million Doses of Seasonal Flu Vaccine Administered The Centers for Disease Control says more than 6-million doses of this year's publicly-funded flu vaccine have been administered. According to the C-D-C that total includes nearly half the island's population aged 65 and over. C-D-C Deputy Director General Philip Luo says since its rollout on October 2, 6.018-million doses of the flu vaccine have been administered, and 49.8-per cent of people aged 65 and above have been vaccinated, which is just shy of the government's goal of 55-per cent. As of Thursday, 561,000 doses of the flu vaccine purchased by the government remained unused and the C-D-C says it will consider purchasing additional doses of the vaccine based on demand. This year's flu vaccines were purchased from suppliers Adimmune, T-T-Y Biopharm and Medigen Vaccine Biologics as well as from France's Sanofi. Free flu vaccines are available at contracted clinics and hospitals islandwide. IFJ on Media Worker Deaths This Year The International Federation of Journalists says 2023 has been an unprecedented year for the number of media workers killed on the job. The organization that represents journalists worldwide says today that 94 media workers have been killed so far this year and almost 400 others are in jail. Deaths in Israel’s war with Hamas surpass those of any conflict in three decades. The group says that 68 journalists have been killed since Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel, averaging more than one a day. They account for 72% of all media deaths worldwide this year. The group says Ukraine also “remains a dangerous country for journalists” almost two years after Russian troops invaded. US Texas Grants Woman's Abortion Request A judge in Texas has granted an emergency request allowing a woman whose fetus has a fatal diagnosis to receive an abortion despite the state's near-total ban on the procedure. Texas is among the states that have enacted (實行) strict abortion laws since the Supreme Court ruled last year that abortion access would no longer be protected by the constitution. Ira Spitzer reports. Mexico Env Watchdogs Sound Alarm on Totoaba Startup Environmental watchdogs have accused a Mexico-based startup of violating international trade law that protects the endangered totoaba fish. A health company called The Blue Formula sells a powder containing collagen (膠原蛋白) taken from the fish online to countries including the U.S. and China. The powder is designed to be mixed into a health supplement drink. But on Thursday a coalition of environmental groups said exporting totoaba or its parts violates an international convention on trading endangered species. Totoaba fish bladders are worth their weight in gold as a delicacy in China. Advocates are also concerned the startup could be selling totoaba that has been illegally caught in the wild. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 理想混蛋 第三張創作專輯【半熟理想 Sunny-side Up】 半熟的少年們 帶著半熟的理想出發 前往遠方的一路上 經歷失去 學會珍惜 12 首詞曲全創作 邀你一同聆聽 名為成長的疼痛與喜悅 理想混蛋【很遠的遠方】MV https://bit.ly/3RiWPo4
12/8/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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EZ News 12/07/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally down this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,356 on turnover of 1.6-billion N-T. The market retreated from an early rise to end the day slightly higher on Wednesday - as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing saw its gains eroded ( 削弱) ahead of the release of its November sales data. Investor sentiment also turned cautious ahead of the release of U-S nonfarm payroll data tomorrow, as many are waiting for more guidance on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy. Environment Minister in Dubai for COP28 Environment Minister Xue Fu-sheng is in Dubai for the COP28 meeting. According to Ministry of Environment, Xue is leading a delegation of other government officials to the two-week United Nations's annual climate change conference. Taiwan hasn't been formally invited to attend the conference, but officials are attending peripheral (週邊) meetings and holding talks on the sidelines of the event. The environment minister says he's been highlighting Taiwan's plans to reach climate goals and showcasing the government's resolution to pursue efforts to limit the average global temperature rise during those meetings in Dubai. Pufferfish that Killed 1 and Hospitalized 8 Others was "Inedible" And, The Food and Drug Administration says a poisonous pufferfish that was served by a restaurant owner in Nantou County last month has been identified as an lunartail puffer. The meal left one person dead and resulted in eight other people being hospitalized. According to the F-D-A, samples of the fish were sent for testing immediately following the man's death and D-N-A samples identified it as a lunartail puffer - which is an inedible (不可食用的) variety of the fish. The F-D-A says the lunartail puffer can be easily confused with species in the same genus that are edible when properly prepared. The sale, processing and producing of food stuffs made with pufferfish are illegal under the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. US Ukraine Funding Stalls in Senate US President Joe Biden's push to pass tens of billions of dollars in new aid for Ukraine has stalled in the Senate. Republican lawmakers blocked the funding - which also includes help for Israel - in a protest over a dispute (爭議) about border security policy. Kate Fisher reports from Washington France Charges for Man Who Killed Tourist Near Eiffel Tower Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally stabbing a tourist and injuring two other people over the weekend near the Eiffel Tower has been placed under investigation on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a terrorist organization. The suspect went before an investigating magistrate Wednesday who ultimately decides preliminary charges. The stabbing over the weekend killed a German-Filipino tourist at a bridge near the tower. It has drawn special concern from French authorities less than a year before the 2024 Paris Olympics, whose opening ceremony is planned along the Seine river. The man had been under surveillance for suspected Islamic radicalization. Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Bullfighting Ban Mexico's Supreme Court has overturned (推翻) a 2022 ban on bullfighting in Mexico City, opening the way for events to resume, possibly as soon as this month. A panel of justices voted to overturn a May 2022 injunction that said bull fights violated city resident’s rights to a healthy environment free from violence. The panel did not explain their arguments for overturning the ban, but fight organizers claimed it violated their right to continue the tradition. The capital had a history of almost 500 years of bullfighting, but there had been no fights since the 2022 injunction. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/7/20236 minutes, 10 seconds
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EZ News 12/06/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,340 on turnover of 2.5-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Tuesday, to close below the 17,400 point mark as investors opted to move to the sell side following losses on Wall Street overnight and the bellwether electronics sector led the downturn. NSTC Lists Critical Technologies to Face Tougher Controls The National Science and Technology Council has unveiled a set of key technologies that it says will be subject to tougher controls to prevent (防止) technology leaks and boost industrial competitiveness. The 22 key technologies cover five industries. Those being defense, aerospace, agriculture, semiconductors and information and communications technology. According to the council, the term "key technologies" refers to tech that, if exported to China, Macau, Hong Kong or "external hostile forces," would significantly harm national security, industrial competitiveness, or economic development. MOFA Opens 4th Representative Office in Canada The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially opened a news representative office in Montreal. The office is Taiwan's fourth in Canada. The foreign ministry says it chose Montreal as the site for the office because it is the largest city in French-speaking Quebec, and is known as a technology hub, notably (尤其) in video game and artificial intelligence development. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says the latest office in Canada showed Taiwan's determination to expand its relations with the North American country on all fronts. Taiwan's main representative office is in Ottawa, while other branches are located in Toronto and Vancouver. UN: Adrift Rohingya in Danger The United Nations refugee agency says as many as 400 Rohingya Muslims could be adrift (漂流) in the Andaman Sea without adequate supplies. It's warning they could die if more is not done to rescue them. Patrick Fok reports. Peru Fujimori Allowed Humanitarian Release Peru’s constitutional court has ordered an immediate humanitarian release for imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori. The 85-year-old former leader has been serving a 25-year sentence in connection with the death squad slayings of 25 Peruvians in the 1990s. The court ruled in favor of a 2017 pardon that had granted the former leader a release on humanitarian grounds but that later was annulled (被廢除). Fujimori was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison on charges of human rights abuses. Venezuela Maduro Orders Immediate Exploration of Essequibo Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the country’s state-owned companies to “immediately” begin to explore and exploit the oil, gas and mines in Guyana’s Essequibo region. Maduro’s announcement comes a day after Venezuela's electoral authorities announced that the five questions with which the government wanted to claim sovereignty over Essequibo were approved in Sunday’s referendum. Guyana has denounced the referendum as pretext (藉口) to annex the land. The International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ top court, has ordered Venezuela not to take any action to change the status quo until the panel can rule on the two countries’ competing claims, which could take years. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 新鮮事、新奇事、新故事《一銀陪你聊“新”事》 第一銀行打造公股銀行首創ESG Podcast頻道上線啦 由知名主持人阿Ken與多位名人來賓進行對談 邀請您一起落實永續發展 讓永續未來不再只是想像 各大收聽平台搜尋:ㄧ銀陪你聊新事 https://bit.ly/411QCjw
12/6/20236 minutes, 8 seconds
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EZ News 12/05/2023

Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 19-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,401 on turnover of 2.4-billion N-T. The market closed slightly lower on Monday as the bellwether electronics sector lost ground on the back of growing concerns the U-S will tighten controls on chip sales to China. Despite the slump in investor interest in the bellwether electronics sector, the transportation sector, in particular bulk cargo shippers, trended higher, due to increasing freight rates, which lent some support to the broader market. ---- AIT Head Stresses Need to Combat Election Disinformation American Institute in Taiwan Director Sandra Oudkirk is stressing that Washington and Taipei are "on the frontlines" as they seek to tackle the spread of disinformation. Speaking at the National Taiwan University, where she delivered her End-of-Year policy address, Oudkirk said both sides are working closely to combat online information manipulation, as such threats are especially worrisome in the context of democratic elections. Oudkirk also said Washington and Taipei and other democratic partners recently participated in the Global Declaration on International Information Integrity Online and that declaration has now been joined by more than 30 countries. The declaration was launched by Canada and Netherlands in September. ---- Academia Sinica scholar Awarded Germany's Humboldt Research Award A distinguished research fellow at Academia Sinica has been awarded the 2023 Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Wang Fan-sen, of the Institute of History and Philology, received the award in recognition of his achievements and impact on historical scholarship. Along with being a research fellow at Academia Sinica, Wang also currently serves as chair professor at the National Cheng Kung University, National Chengchi University, the National Taiwan Normal University and the National Sun Yat-sen University. The Humboldt prize is for internationally renowned scientists and scholars who work outside of Germany in recognition of their lifetime's research achievements. ---- Putin Plans to Visit the UAE and Saudi Arabia Russian media outlets are reporting that President Vladimir Putin plans to visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week. Russian state news agencies say that Putin will travel to the two countries for a working visit, during which he will meet the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The U-A-E is currently hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference. However, it's unclear whether Putin will attend the conference. Putin currently risks arrest if he leaves Russia after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him in March for war crimes, accusing him of personal responsibility for the abductions of children from Ukraine. ---- UN Concerned about Rohingya Muslims aboard Two Boats The United Nations refugee agency is raising the alarm for an estimated 400 Rohingya Muslims believed to be aboard two boats reported to be out of supplies and adrift in the Andaman Sea. The agency is worried that all those aboard could die without efforts to rescue them. The captain of one of the boats says he had 180 to 190 people on board and that the engine was damaged. There is a seasonal exodus of Rohingyas, usually coming from overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. About 740,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since 2017 after a brutal counterinsurgency campaign. ---- CBC to Cut 600 Jobs And Canada's public broadcaster says it will cut 600 jobs and reduce its English and French programming budgets. The move comes as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is struggling with monetary pressures. The bulk of the layoffs will come from corporate divisions such as technology and infrastructure. The broadcaster says it has also identified 200 vacancies that will go unfilled as it contends with 125-million Canadian dollars in budget pressures. Along with the job cuts, C-B-C will be reducing its English and French programming budgets, resulting in fewer renewals and acquisitions, fewer new television series and less episodes of existing shows.
12/5/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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EZ News 12/04/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,451 on turnover of $2.8-billion N-T. The market closed little changed last Friday after recovering from earlier losses, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing recovered from its previous weakness. However, the electronics sector remained muted, as investors took their cue from the downturn suffered by tech stocks on Wall Street overnight, while buying rotated to select old economy industries, providing support to the broader market. Value of Taiwan's Top 25 Brands up 5% The Ministry of Economic Affairs says the combined brand value of Taiwan's 25 most valuable brands has risen by 5-per cent so far this year. According to the ministry's 2023 Best Taiwan Global Brands survey, the aggregate (總計的) brand value of Taiwan's 25 largest brands totaled 13.84-billion U-S in 2023. That marks the fourth consecutive year of the total value surpassing the 10-billion U-S dollar mark. The ministry says despite the global economy facing headwinds, which has impacted demand, the brands remained resilient. Asustek Computer remains in the No. 1 spot. Trend Micro took second place with its brand value rising 5-per cent from a year earlier. While MediaTek was third, after seeing its its brand value rising 33-per cent from a year earlier. US warships, commercial ships under attack The Pentagon says one of its warships as well as multiple (多個) commercial ships came under attack in the Red Sea. Sally Patterson reports. ICC Vows to Intensify Investigations into IsraelHamas War The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says his office will “further intensify its efforts to advance its investigations” of possible crimes by Hamas and Israeli forces. His statement Sunday came after he visited the region for the first time since his appointment. There have been widespread claims of breaches of international law by Hamas and Israeli forces since the deadly Oct. 7 attacks by Palestinian militants set off the bloody Israel-Hamas war. The Hague-based court has been investigating crimes in the Palestinian territories committed by both sides since 2021 but has yet to announce (宣告) any charges. Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognize its jurisdiction. Indonesia Mt Marapi Eruption Indonesia’s Mount Marapi has erupted and is spewing (噴出) white-and-gray ash plumes more than 3-thousand meters into the air. No casualties have been reported. Two routes for climbers were closed after the eruption Sunday and about 1,400 people living on the mountain's slopes were advised to stay away from the crater’s mouth because of potential (可能的) lava. About 70 climbers started up the mountain Saturday and became stranded. So far, 49 have been evacuated with the rest still awaiting rescue. Several villages were blanketed with falling ash that blocked sunlight, and authorities distributed masks and urged residents to wear glasses to protect them from volcanic ash. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
12/4/20236 minutes, 6 seconds
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EZ News 12/01/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,422 on turnover of $2.06 -billion N-T. The market continued its winning streak on Thursday, joining other regional indexes to close the trading day higher ahead of the release of U-S consumer inflation data. Cabinet Approves Fire Safety Reform Amendments The Cabinet has approved a series of draft amendments to the Fire Services Act aimed at improving fire safety in the workplace The draft amendments were proposed by the Ministry of the Interior and will now be sent to the Legislative Yuan for review. The draft bill adds a provision that imposes a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years on company officials whose failure to formulate and implement a fire safety management plan is deemed responsible for fire-related deaths. The also states that the storing excessive dangerous materials in the workplace in contravention (違反) of related rules resulting in fire-related deaths will result in the same penalty. In the event of serious injuries resulting from a workplace fire, company officials will be liable to a prison term of up to five years. Failure to comply with those regulations is punishable with a maximum fine of between 3 and 10-million N-T. 8 Israeli Hostages Freed from Gaza The Israeli military says a total of eight Israeli hostages have been released from captivity in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. The army said the Red Cross transferred six hostages to Egypt, and they were being brought to Israel to be reunited with their families. Two additional hostages were turned over earlier in the day. It marked the seventh straight night of hostage releases under a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. Israel was to free 30 Palestinian prisoners later in the evening under the deal. The cease-fire is set to expire early Friday, though international mediators (調解者) are working to extend it. Roughly 140 hostages are believed to remain in Hamas captivity. US Blinken Warning on Gaza Violence Spreading US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned efforts must be made to prevent violence in Gaza from enveloping (籠罩) the region. The US' top diplomat met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Sally Patterson has more. Giant Pandas Leaving Edinburgh Zoo Visitors to the Edinburgh Zoo had their final chance to see and bid farewell to a pair of popular giant pandas who are returning home to China after more than a decade in Scotland. Yang Guang and Tian Tian are leaving in early December. They have been a popular attraction since people lined the road outside the zoo to greet them when they arrived in 2011. The pair, which are the only pandas in the U.K., are the latest to leave the West after exchange agreements have expired ((期限)終止) and not been renewed by China. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
12/1/20235 minutes, 35 seconds
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EZ News 1`1/30/2023

轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Taiwan's EU Envoy Appointed Top US Representative MOA Head Stresses Government Monitoring Bird Flu Blinken Heading Back to Middle East Canada Reaches Deal with Google on News Industry Payments Elton John Address Britain's Parliament
11/30/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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EZ News 11/29

廖文強2023全新EP《成為誰的家》 影集式MV特邀「沒有營養的生活智慧王」主演 落難到地球的火星人,該怎麼找到回家的路? 讓音樂與影像帶你擁抱自己的獨特, 接納溫暖的陪伴、找到自己的歸屬。 影集式 MV 現正連載中: https://bit.ly/3slIr4N -- 來場說走就走的輕旅行吧! 華航與台虎推出澳港套票,只要4,650元起,讓你輕鬆玩雙城! 享受華麗的五星飯店,超多道地美食,散步世界文化遺產,要你歡樂加乘! https://bit.ly/3ugfk3l ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Hsiao Bi-khim's Resignation Approved Weekly Dengue Fever Cases Drop to Below 1,000 CIA Director in Qatar for Hostage Release Talks Rescuers Free 41 Trapped Workers in India Finland to Close Russian Border Amid Migrant Surge
11/29/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 11/28/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 12-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,150 on turnover of 1.5-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Monday, falling below the 17,200-point mark, as investors opted to dump artificial intelligence development-related stocks amid continuing concern over the U-S ban on chip sales to China. The semiconductor sector also trended (轉向) lower on the back of news that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing could cut the price of some of its more advanced chips next year. 10 Indicted on Charges of Spying for China The High Prosecutors Office has indicted 10 people, including several active duty military personnel, for allegedly spying for China. Five of them are also facing more serious charges and remain in custody. Prosecutors says the indictments follow an investigation into a former Army major, who is believed to have been recruited (被招募) by China in 2021 to carry out espionage activities in Taiwan. According to the High Prosecutors Office, the former officer then recruited a businessman to help in persuading both serving and retired military personnel to collect military intelligence for China. The other suspects include a serving Army lieutenant-colonel and three active-duty soldiers, who stole classified military information. EVA Air Expects Airfares to Remain High into 2024 H1 EVA Airways is warning that airfares are expected to remain high until at least the end of the first half of next year due to strong demand for air travel. According to the carrier, it is seeing strong demand for passenger flight services from late January to mid-February and over 90-per cent of seats on Japan-bound flights are already booked. Speaking at an investor conference, EVA said the company's long-haul flights have maintained 90-percent passenger loads (載客率) since the beginning of the year - and the carrier firmly believes "the future is promising." Israel Hamas Agree to Extend Ceasefire Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their cease-fire for two more days past Monday. The announcement made by a spokesman for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry came on the final day of the original four-day truce (休戰) between the warring sides. As part of a fourth swap under the original deal, Hamas released 11 Israelis on Monday night. Then Israel released 33 Palestinians. Monday’s releases bring to 51 the number of Israelis freed under the truce, along with 19 hostages of other nationalities. So far, 150 Palestinians have been released from Israeli prisons. But Israel says it remains committed to crushing Hamas’ military capabilities and ending its 16-year rule over Gaza after its Oct. 7 attack into southern Israel. US Biden to Invoke ColdWarEra Law to Lower Prices US President Joe Biden has announced plans to use a Cold War-era law to try and ease (緩解) supply chain issues and counter inflation. Ira Spitzer reports. Sumatra Rhino Calf Born in Indonesia A Sumatran rhino has given birth to a male calf in Indonesia, a welcome addition to a critically endangered species that numbers fewer than 50 animals. The mother gave birth Saturday at a national park sanctuary on Sumatra, where the entire species now lives. Their tropical forest habitat is disappearing and poachers kill the animals for their horns, which are used for ornaments (裝飾品) and in traditional medicine. The unnamed calf is healthy and able to walk and eat. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 節目資訊欄: 【東南旅遊 X 昆士蘭】 想要享受夏日陽光嗎?出發你的假期吧! 《小資澳遊》7日,51,800元起 《酒國英雄》7日,56,800元起 即刻訂購>>https://bit.ly/49AXRmg
11/28/20236 minutes, 29 seconds
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EZ News 11/27/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,291 on turnover of 2.1-billion N-T. The market closed little changed on Friday on low turnover, due largely to the absence (不在場的, 缺席) of foreign institutional investors because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. CDC on Alert for Mycoplasma Pneumonia Risk The Centers for Disease Control has issued a health warning - instructing medical professionals to be on alert to the risk of mycoplasma pneumonia spreading to Taiwan. The warning comes amid a surge in respiratory infections such as influenza and clusters (群集) of pneumonia among children in northern China. C-D-C Deputy Director-General Philip Luo says China began reporting mycoplasma pneumonia outbreaks in May, but an epidemic usually reaches its peak in 2 to 3 months, and there could be multiple known pathogens circulating there. Doctors are being asked to closely monitor cases of respiratory illness to prevent cluster infections at hospitals here in Taiwan. TRA to Add 116 train services for New Year's Day holiday And, The Taiwan Railways Administration says it will be providing 116 additional train journeys to meet the expected spike in demand during the New Year's Day holiday from December 29 through January 2. Passengers will be able to book tickets for the weekend holiday from December 1. According to the T-R-A, the extra train services will include 23 EMU-3000 and Puyuma limited express train journeys, and 12 EMU 900 local express train services along the east and west coasts. Four extra Tze-Chiang express trains will also be added to the east coast line. The highest daily number of passengers during the holiday is expected to exceed (超過) 80,000. Israeli Ship Seized and Let Go Attackers have seized and later let go a tanker linked to Israel off the coast of Yemen. The attackers seized the Liberian-flagged Central Park in the Gulf of Aden. Yemen’s internationally recognized government blamed (指責) the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for the attack, which followed at least two other recent maritime attacks linked to the Israel-Hamas war. Early Monday morning, Zodiac said the vessel carrying phosphoric acid and its crew of 22 sailors from multiple nations were “unharmed.” The Pentagon said that the vessel was “currently safe” without elaborating on what happened to the attackers. The Houthis did not acknowledge the attack. Netanyahu Earlier… Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited troops (軍隊) inside the Gaza strip. Mimmi Montgomery reports. Booker Prize Won by Irish Writer Irish writer Paul Lynch has won the Booker Prize for fiction with his dystopian novel “Prophet Song.” The judges said it was a “soul-shattering” novel about a woman’s struggle to protect her family as Ireland collapses into totalitarianism (極權主義) and war. Lynch was awarded the $63-thousand US dollar literary prize at a ceremony in London on Sunday. He beat five other writers from Ireland, the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
11/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 11/24/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 10-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,305 on turnover of $1.3-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Thursday, after Nvidia fell even after reporting blowout profits on Wall Street overnight. CWA Study Finds Taiwan's Temperature Rising Faster than World Average The Central Weather Administration says Taiwan's average temperature is rising higher than the global average. According to the administration, Taiwan's average temperature rose 0.29-degrees in each of the three 10-year periods from the beginning of the 90s until 2020. And that's higher than the global average increase of 0.21-degrees. Data from 13 of the weather administration's low-elevation weather observation stations shows that from 1898 to 2020, Taiwan's temperature rose by an average of 0.11-degrees per decade, significantly lower than the 0.29-degrees per decade between 1991 and 2020. Meanwhile, the weather administration says although data shows there has been no significant change in overall annual precipitation over the same period, the intensity of extreme rain has increased. Russia Deepens Ties with Mali Russia is deepening bilateral and economic ties with Mali as Western influence in the West African nation declines. Mali has signed a deal with Russia to build a gold refinery (精煉廠) in the capital Bamako to improve the nation's economy. Correspondent, Nabil Ahmed Rufai reports. WHO Requests Info From China on Pneumonia in Children The World Health Organization says it has made an official request to China for information about a potentially worrying spike in respiratory illnesses and clusters of pneumonia in children. On Thursday, the U.N. health agency said Chinese officials told them they did not detect any “unusual or novel (新的)” diseases. The emergence of new new flu strains or other viruses capable of triggering pandemics, typically starts with undiagnosed clusters of respiratory illness. Both SARS and COVID-19 were reported as unusual types of pneumonia. Outside scientists said the situation warranted close monitoring, but were not convinced that the recent spike in respiratory illnesses in China signaled the start of a new global outbreak. Britain Crane Operator Rescues Man from Burning Building A crane operator has played down tributes paid to him after he lifted a man to safety from a burning high-rise building in England. Video from the scene in the town of Reading in southern England showed a man being rescued by a crane cage from the roof of a building under construction as thick plumes of dark smoke and flames billowed around him. The man was lifted in the air and then lowered to the ground. A 65-year-old crane operator Glen Edwards described the situation as a “close call” (千鈞一髮) because of windy conditions. Officials said that more than 50 firefighters arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze and another man was also lifted from the building by crane. The fire was extinguished later Thursday. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 廖文強2023全新EP《成為誰的家》 影集式MV特邀「沒有營養的生活智慧王」主演 落難到地球的火星人,該怎麼找到回家的路? 讓音樂與影像帶你擁抱自己的獨特, 接納溫暖的陪伴、找到自己的歸屬。 影集式 MV 現正連載中: https://bit.ly/3slIr4N
11/24/20235 minutes, 52 seconds
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EZ News 11/23/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 18-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,291 on turnover of 3.3-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Wednesday, as investors shunned artificial intelligence-related stocks after a warning from chip designer Nvidia on the possible impact of the U-S government's ban on chip sales to China. Selling was seen in A-I-related and semiconductor stocks, but I-C designers were boosted by rotational buying. Former-Taipei Deputy Mayor Tops TPP Legislator-at-Large List The Taiwan People's Party has released its legislator-at-large nominees for January's elections. Former Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan tops the 34-person list. According to T-P-P presidential nominee Ko Wen-je, Huang proved to be "an efficient worker" when she served as his deputy during his tenure (任期) as mayor of Taipei. Ko is praising the party's no. 2 pick, former New Power Party lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang for his work uncovering corruption while in office. Huang resigned from the N-P-P last week to be eligible to be included in the T-P-P's party list. Kaohsiung New Year's Eve Party to Feature Four-Minute Firework Show The Kaohsiung City Government has announced that its New Year's Eve celebration party this year will feature a four minute fireworks show - making its one of the city's biggest ever displays. The New Year's Eve party will be taking place at Dream Mall beginning at 6:30PM on December 31. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai says the show will be 60 seconds longer than last year and more than 7,000 fireworks will be set off. According to Chen, it will also be the first time the city will have combined its Christmas and New Year celebrations. Christmas decorations, including a 20-meter Christmas tree and an over 5-meter tall reindeer (馴鹿) will be put up in Central Park. Israel Hamas Prisoner Swap Delayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser says a planned hostage-for-prisoner swap with Hamas has been delayed until at least Friday. In a statement released late Wednesday, Tzachi Hanegbi said that contacts on the deal were continuing. The swap is to take place as part of a four-day truce (休戰) that had been expected to begin today but was delayed to Friday. Hanegbi gave no explanation for the delay, and it was not immediately clear when the cease-fire might begin. SEVERAL US SOLDIERS INJURED AFTER MISSILE ATTACK ON IRAQ AIRBASE The Pentagon has confirmed that a US Airbase in Iraq has been hit by a ballistic missile attack. It comes as American bases in the Middle East report an increase in attacks on soldiers stationed in the region. Trent Murray reports. Peru Loses More than Half of Glacier Surfacr Peruvian scientists say Peru has lost more than half of its glacier surface in the last six decades due to climate change. According to a new glacier inventory released Wednesday by a government agency, 175 glaciers became extinct between 2016 and 2020. In total, scientists say, the South American country has 1,050 square kilometers of glacial coverage (覆蓋範圍) left. That is about 44% of what was recorded in 1962, when the first glacier inventory was done. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 金獎億萬導演雷利史考特與奧斯卡影帝瓦昆菲尼克斯,繼【神鬼戰士】後再度攜手合作,這對金獎搭檔將重現磅礡的史詩大戰,帶給觀眾在一場震撼的視覺饗宴! 11月24日 (週五)電影院大銀幕,全版本磅礡獻映! 最新預告:https://bit.ly/49KYI40
11/23/20235 minutes, 56 seconds
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EZ News 11/22/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 91-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,325 on turnover of 4.1 -billion N-T. The market trended sharply higher on Tuesday to close above the 17,400-point mark on the back of ample liquidity and a strong New Taiwan dollar - which prompted foreign investors to move funds into Taiwan. The bellwether electronics sector led the upturn, as artificial intelligence development-related stock garnered investor interest due to expectations that Nvidia will give positive leads in its investor conference. Legislature Passes Restraining Orders to Tackle Intimate Image Abuse Lawmakers have passed a bill allowing courts to issue restraining orders to prevent the dissemination (散佈,傳播) of explicit images. The provisions are aimed at both the abuser and online service providers. The bill is an amendment of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. It will allow courts to issue civil protection orders prohibiting the remaking, dissemination, broadcast, delivery, or publication of intimate images of the protected individual. Perpetrators will be required to return any images to victims and law enforcement authorities will be allowed to order them to delete the content if necessary. MOFA Slams Racists Comments about Indian Migrant Workers The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is slamming racist (種族主義的) comments that have been appearing on social media sites over the past week concerning Indian migrant workers. According to the ministry's Department of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, the government strongly opposes any form of discrimination or bias against specific groups, as Taiwan is a multiethnic country that respects human rights. Officials are calling on the public to refrain from posting or reposting any derogatory comments on social media targeting Indians and the Indian community. The statements comes after it was confirmed that talks are underway way to allow the employment of migrant Indian workers in Taiwan. SKorea Suspends Military Agreement with North South Korea is suspending a military agreement with North Korea in retaliation to Pyongyang firing a rocket on Tuesday. North Korea says it successfully launched a satellite into orbit (軌道, 繞軌道運行). South Korea, the US, and Japan are working to verify the claim. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo Congo UN Agree to End Peacekeepers Mission Congo’s foreign minister and the head of the U.N. stabilization mission in Congo have signed agreements to end the presence of U.N. peacekeepers after more than two decades. Congo's president in September called for them to leave a year earlier than planned. While no date was publicly given for the U.N. withdrawal to begin, observers say it's unlikely to start before Congo's Dec. 20 presidential election. Eastern Congo has long been overrun by dozens of armed groups seeking a share of the region’s gold and other resources. Frustrated Congolese say that no one is protecting them from rebel (反叛) attacks. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/22/20235 minutes, 51 seconds
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EZ News 11/21/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 29-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,239 on turnover of 2.6-billion N-T. The market's recent gains were halted on Monday, as the main board ended unchanged amid high technical resistance. Large cap tech stocks trended lower throughout the trading day preventing the broader market from moving higher, while the tourism sector also came under heavy pressure. Gou Campaign Says 'Anything Possible' After Ko Meeting A spokesman for Terry Gou's presidential campaign office says "anything - including a potential joint ticket - is possible" following a meeting with Taiwan People's Party presidential nominee, Ko Wen-je. Spokesman Huang Shih-hsiu said K-M-T Chairman Eric Chu's dealings with Ko mirrored the "promise-breaking and breach (違反) of trust" he had engaged in … when Gou unsuccessfully sought the party's presidential nomination in May. Huang says given those actions, "the K-M-T may be on its own" in the election. However, Gou's campaign office spokesman has refused to give any concrete details of the meeting with Ko. Over 100 German Students Apply for 30 TSMC Training Slots The Dresden University of Technology says more than 100 German students have applied for 30 spots on a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing-backed training program. The university said a total of 124 students from universities in the state of Saxony in eastern Germany applied for the training program… Students will depart (出發) for Taiwan in February and begin their study in a Taiwanese university to learn basic semiconductor theories in March. They will then spend time at T-S-M-C's training center for newcomers and work in the chipmaker's factory for two months from June. The training program was announced shortly after T-S-M-C made public its plans to set up a 12-inch wafer fab in Dresden. Australia PM reveals "dangerous encounter" between Chinese, Australian warships Australia's prime minister has criticized China for what he calls a “dangerous” encounter between Chinese and Australian warships but declined to say whether he raised the issue with President Xi Jinping. He said one diver was injured when a Chinese destroyer used sonar (聲波定位儀) while near an Australian frigate in international waters last Tuesday. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spoke with Xi last week on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit in San Francisco. Albanese says his discussions with Xi were private rather than a formal bilateral meeting. China’s Defense Ministry dismisses Australia’s allegations as “completely untrue.” Citigroup continues layoff plan Citigroup has begun a major overhaul of its management structure with sweeping layoffs expected. It's part of a broader reorganization and seen as the American bank's biggest reshuffle (改組、重新安排) in nearly 20 years. William Denselow reports from New York. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
11/21/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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EZ News 11/20/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 11-points this morning from Friday's close, at 17,197 on turnover of 4.2-billion N-T. The market moved higher for a fifth consecutive session on Friday to reach the highest level since August 1. The bellwether electronics sector led the broader market higher, but the gains were capped on the back of a lackluster performance on Wall Street on Thursday. Lai Set to Pick Hsiao Bi-khim as VP Candidate In news from and about Taiwan this morning, D-P-P presidential candidate Lai Ching-te is set to announce that Taiwan's top envoy to the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim as his running mate in January's election. According to his campaign office, an official announcement will be made today after Hsiao arrives back in Taiwan. Lai's campaign office says Hsiao will then join Lai in registering (登記) her candidacy at the Central Election Commission tomorrow. Candidates for the presidential election must officially register their candidacies from today through Friday. Medical Unions Rally over Medical Student Numbers Members of the Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance have been rallying in Taipei, calling for a cap on the number of students being enrolled onto medical programs to avoid future excess of human power. According to the foundation, the Ministry of Health needs to limit the number of medical practitioners (行醫者 ) and not lower the threshold for passing the national nursing examination. The rally was also attended by members of the Taiwan Nursing and Medical Industries Union and Taipei Doctors Union. They issued a joint statement, saying the government needs to changes its focus from staffing issues to tackling an uneven distribution of staff, bad work conditions, and poor working environments. Russian Drones Target Ukrainian City Russian drones targeted the Ukrainian capital Sunday. Russia launched 20 Iranian-made Shahed drones overnight, 15 of which were shot down by Ukrainian forces, according to Kyiv's Military Administration spokesperson. He said the strike on the city was the second in 48 hours, and preliminary reports indicated no casualties or critical damage. Meanwhile…. An orphaned Ukrainian teenager who was taken to Russia last year during the war in his country returned home on his 18th birthday. The head of the Ukrainian president’s office confirmed that Bohdan Yermokhin arrived back in Ukraine on Sunday and thanked UNICEF and Qatari negotiators for facilitating the young man's return. Yermokhin’s parents died two years ago. According to a Ukrainian lawyer, he lived with a cousin who was his legal guardian (法定監護人) before he was taken from the port city of Mariupol and placed with a foster family near Moscow. The lawyer had stressed that Yermokhin needed to leave Russia before he turned 18 and became eligible for conscription into the army. US ExFirstLady Rosalynn Carter Dies Age 96 Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter has died aged 96. A close adviser to her husband Jimmy Carter during his term as US president, Rosalynn advocated for better treatment of the mentally ill. She died on Sunday at her home in the state of Georgia after living with dementia (失智症). Sally Patterson has more. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 節目資訊欄: 【東南旅遊 X 昆士蘭】 想要享受夏日陽光嗎?出發你的假期吧! 《小資澳遊》7日,51,800元起 《酒國英雄》7日,56,800元起 即刻訂購>>https://bit.ly/49AXRmg
11/20/20236 minutes
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EZ News 11/17/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 15-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,156 on turnover of $2.5-billion N-T. The market continued its winning ways on Thursday, but buying was weaker and the gains were muted compared with earlier this week. Investors were closely watching the outcome (結果) of the meeting between U-S President Joe Biden and China's leader Xi Jin-ping for guidance throughout much of the day's session. Cabinet Approves NT$1.34 billion for Infrastructure Data Encryption The Cabinet has approved a proposal to spend 1.34-billion N-T for the cryptographic splitting of cloud-stored data from 18 key infrastructure management systems. According to the Ministry of Digital Affairs, establishing a cryptographic splitting mechanism (機制) will ensure key infrastructure management systems can continue functioning during disasters. The ministry says cryptographic splitting of data is part of a multiyear plan to transfer data to cloud-based storage. The first stage of the program is to transfer data from 29 infrastructure systems to a public cloud between 2021 and 2025, while the second stage will see the establishment of a cryptographic splitting mechanism between 2024 to 2027. The Ministry of Digital Affairs says data covered by the proposal includes the National Health Insurance management system, the vehicle management system, and the entry and exit management system. Israel Claims Tunnels Found Under Gaza Hospital Israel says it has found a tunnel shaft (隧道) and weapons in the Al-Shifa hospital, as its forces continue to search Gaza's main hospital. Sarah Coates reports from Tel Aviv. Syria Amnesty for Criminals Syrian President Bashar Assad's office and state media are reporting that Assad has issued a decree granting amnesty and reducing sentences for several categories of crime committed prior to Thursday. No reason was given for the amnesty but it came on the anniversary of the 1970 coup that brought Assad's father and predecessor (前任者) to power. Assad has issued similar amnesties since the country’s deadly conflict that has killed half a million people began in March 2011. The decree granted a complete pardon for misdemeanor convictions and people serving prison sentences who have reached the age of 70, or those who have incurable diseases. Reparation Fund for Slavery to be Established Delegates at a reparations summit in Ghana have agreed to establish a Global Reparation Fund to push for overdue compensation for millions of Africans enslaved centuries ago during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The agreement announced Thursday adds to the growing demands for reparations after about 12 million Africans were forcefully taken by European nations from the 16th to the 19th century and enslaved (被奴役的). Delegates to the conference in Accra did not say how such a reparation fund would operate. A report by a special U.N. forum said people of African descent continue to be victims of systemic discrimination and it supported reparations as “a cornerstone of justice in the 21st century.” That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
11/17/20236 minutes, 6 seconds
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EZ News 11/16/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,136 on turnover of 3.3-billion N-T. The market moved higher again on Wednesday, as reduced investor concerns about further interest rate hikes by the U-S Federal Reserve triggered strong buying across the board. Lai Talks Higher Wage Requirements for Future Listed Companies D-P-P presidential candidate Lai Ching-te says if elected he will make it a requirement that companies seeking to go public have to provide salaries higher than the government's minimum wage. Speaking at a youth forum in Taipei, Lai said companies wishing to be listed on Taiwan's securities market and raise funds publicly ought to offer their employees more competitive wages. Lai says he will also make the minimum wage prerequisite (必須的) - meaning minimum monthly wages in future listed companies should be set at no less than 30,000 N-T. Coldplay Concerts Make NT$550million for Kaohsiung And, Government officials in Kaohsiung say this past weekend's Coldplay concerts generated about 550-million N-T in revenue (收入) for the city. The band performed at the Kaohsiung National Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. According to city officials, the stadium and neighboring areas were visited by more than 170,000 people over the two days, which boosted sales at night markets by at least 30-per cent. The influx of people also lifted the downtown hotel occupancy rate to 90-per cent. Data released by the Kaohsiung City Tourism Bureau shows 70-per cent of those who came to see Coldplay were from other cities, counties, and overseas. XiBiden Meeting The leaders of the United States and China have concluded their meeting in San Francisco this morning. US President Joe Biden spoke to the press after what he called a "most constructive and productive" meeting, and highlighted several key issues he discussed with Xi Jin-ping. Biden says they have agreed to resume (恢復) high-level military communications, indicating that a lack of communication is how "misunderstandings" and "accidents" happen. Biden also says the two sides discussed several world issues, including Russia's war against Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza. Biden says he gave the Chinese president names of hostages in Gaza whom he hoped would be released, but no firm agreement was reached on that issue. And Biden also stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, telling Xi that he does not wish to change the status quo of US-Taiwan relations. UN Security Council Passes Gaza Resolution The United Nations Security Council has called for 'urgent and extended (長期的) humanitarian pauses' in fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sally Patterson has more. Pakistan IMF Reach Preliminary Agreement on Bailout Officials say Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund have reached a preliminary agreement on releasing $700 million from a $3 billion bailout fund approved in July. The standby credit set up by the IMF is meant to save cash-strapped Pakistan from default. In a statement, the IMF says the two sides reached the staff-level agreement following talks in Islamabad. The deal still must be approval by the IMF's management and its executive board, though such approvals are generally a formality (例行公事). That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
11/16/20236 minutes, 8 seconds
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EZ News 11/15/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 123-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 17,039 on turnover of 7-billion N-T. The market continued to gain ground on Tuesday, as the bellwether electronics sector led the main board higher, but investors were reluctant to chase prices - which stopped the index from breaching (衝破,突破) high technical hurdles ahead of the 17,000-point mark. KMT and TPP to Hold Another Round of 'Party-to-Party' Talk Representatives from the K-M-T and the Taiwan People's Party are holding a new round of 'party-to-party' talks, as they seek to finalize a joint ticket for January's presidential election. The meeting is taking place at the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation in Taipei. The attendees will include K-M-T presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih, T-P-P chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je and K-M-T Chairman Eric Chu. Former President Ma Ying-jeou has also been invited to participate (參加) as a witness. The T-P-P says it will holiding a press conference after the talks. NCC Investigating Drug Smuggling Use of Chinese Sat Nav The National Communication Commission says it's launched an investigation into allegations that a Taiwan fishing boat used by drug smugglers was employing a Chinese navigation satellite system to avoid detection. According to thee N-C-C, vessels usually use equipment with a legal Automatic Identification System to navigate, but the vessel under investigation used a restricted Chinese system to avoid being monitored. The statement comes after the Kaohsiung District Court recently convicted crew members of the Taiwanese fishing boat on charges of drug smuggling - and heard as evidence that the boat was using a Chinese "Bei-Dou Navigation Satellite System" to evade (逃避) law enforcement. EU won't deliver promised ammunition to Ukraine in time The European Union is likely to miss its target to provide Ukraine with 1 million rounds of ammunition (彈藥) by March. At a meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels, the bloc's top diplomat said production would need to be ramped up fo the target to be hit. Jennifer King reports. Iceland Evacuates Town Amid Volcano Warning Residents of a fishing town in southwestern Iceland have left their homes after increasing concern about a potential volcanic eruption caused civil defense authorities to declare a state of emergency in the region. Iceland's Meteorological Office says police decided to evacuate Grindavik after recent seismic activity in the area moved south toward the town. Monitoring indicated that a corridor of magma (岩漿) now extends under the community. The town is about 50 kilometers southwest of the capital, Reykjavik. Authorities also raised an aviation alert to orange, indicating an increased risk of an eruption. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 2023・原Way星聲代專屬聽歌會・正式啟動 王宏恩 | 拉卡・巫茂 | RĒD°芮德 | O.S.T 泰雅的後代 | 阿布絲 | 吱吱 郭芝吟 | AZ李孝祖 | 無定義 Boundless ⠀⠀ 8 組原住民新聲代輪番開唱 就在 12 月 8 日! 為你注入能量・展望2024全新的未來 https://bit.ly/3QCGTLD
11/15/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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EZ News 11/14/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 45-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,884 on turnover of 2.7-billion N-T. The market closed sharply higher on Monday, as the bellwether electronics sector was the focus of investor interest following gains by tech stocks on Wall Street at the end of last week. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing drove the tech sector's upturn, boosted by optimism over its strong sales report for October However, investors showed an unwillingness to chase prices as the main board closed in on the 17,000 point mark, which resulted in the Tai-Ex trading within a narrow range towards the end of the session. John Deng Points to APEC Focus on CPTPP Bid Taiwan's top trade negotiator John Deng says the main aim of bilateral talks at this week's APEC forum is to build up support for Taiwan's bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Deng is attending the APEC forum in San Francisco and participating in the APEC Economic Leaders' Week meetings. According to the trade negotiator, the forum is expected to serve as an important opportunity for Taiwan's delegates to meet with representatives from trade bloc member countries. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing founder Morris Chang is serving as President Tsai Ing-wen's envoy to the APEC summit and is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco tomorrow. CGA Denies US and Chinese Ships Entered Taiping Island Waters The Coast Guard Administration is denying reports that U-S and Chinese ships entered Taiwan's territorial waters around Taiping Island in the South China Sea earlier this month. The denial comes after K-M-T lawmaker Chen I-hsin accused the administration of attempting to cover-up the intrusions, which he said occurred on November 3. The administration has confirmed that a Chinese warship and an American warship were near the island. However, it says they were operating in waters some 21-nautical miles northeast of Taiping Island and neither vessel entered territorial waters. Indonesian President Visits White House US President Joe Biden is today hosting his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo at the White House to "reaffirm" their joint commitment to the "nearly 75-year-long partnership between the world's second and third largest democracies." The meeting, though, is at risk of being overshadowed by the Israel-Hamas war — a conflict erupting thousands of kilometres away, but one that matters hugely to both states. Benji Hyer reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > SKorea President to Discuss NKorean Weapons at APEC South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol says he will discuss international response to the purported North Korean-Russian weapons deal during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco this week. In written responses to questions from The Associated Press, Yoon says the North Korean-Russian agreement not only poses a serious threat to the security of the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and Europe but also undermines the universal rules-based international order. Yoon says provocations by North Korea will only result in strong retaliation from South Korean and U.S. forces. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/14/20236 minutes, 17 seconds
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EZ News 11/13/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. The Tai-Ex opened The Tai-Ex opened up 28-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,711 on turnover of 4.1-billion N-T. The market ended a seven-session rising streak on Friday as the bellwether electronics sector came under pressure following losses by tech stocks Wall Street overnight. Market sentiment also turned cautious after U-S Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made hawkish comments on the bank's monetary policy, which compromised (減少) the appetite of investors at home and abroad to hold tech stocks. Speculation Morris Chang Could Meet Biden at APEC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing founder Morris Chang will be attending the APEC summit in San Francisco on Wednesday on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen. It's the sixth time that Chang will have served as Tsai's envoy (使者) to the APEC leaders meeting. And there's speculation he could meet with U-S President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the event. Chang spoke with U-S Vice President Kamala Harris on the sidelines of the last year's APEC meeting in Bangkok. New Recycling Rules for Cellphone Providers to Become Law Next April The Ministry of Environment says regulations requiring local mobile phone providers to set up recycling facilities and to actively promote their use will be introduced on April 1 next year. According to the ministry, manufacturers and importers must also help users delete personal data under the new regulations. The ministry says under the rules, manufacturers and importers will have to set phased (分階段的) targets for circular material use rate, which measures the ratio of recycled, maintained and reused materials to the overall material use. Officials say the aim is to raise Taiwan's mobile phone recycling rate to 15-per cent by January 1, 2025 and 30 percent by January 1, 2030. WHO Warning on Gaza Hospital Crisis The World Health Organization says the situation at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza is dire (悲慘的) and perilous (險惡的). Israel denies Gaza's largest hospital has lost power but says it's helping to evacuate (撤離) babies from the facility. William Denselow reports from UN headquarters in New York. India Celebrates Diwali Amid Air Pollution Concerns Millions of Indians are celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, with a Guinness World Record number of bright earthen oil lamps as concerns about air pollution soared in the South Asian country. Devotees lit over 2.22 million lamps and kept them burning for 45 minutes in the northern city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state, as people marked the national festival on Sunday. The celebrations came as “hazardous (危險的)” levels were recorded on the air quality index last week. New Delhi tops the list almost annually among the Indian cities with poor air quality. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/13/20235 minutes, 36 seconds
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EZ News 11/10/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 19.7-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,726 on turnover of $1.8-billion N-T. The market closed marginally higher on Thursday, as other regional indexes ended the day mixed and investors reacted to recent big swings on Wall Street. Economics Minister Opens Taiwan Expo in Tokyo Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua has opened the first-ever Taiwan Expo in Japan. The opening of the event in Tokyo was attended by Taiwan's top envoy to Japan Frank Hsieh, External Trade Development Council Chairman James Huang and Kazuyuki Katayama, a representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Frank Hsieh said the Taiwan Expo provides an opportunity to showcase Taiwan's diversity and creativity in technology, culture, arts and other fields, reflecting the importance Taiwan attaches to Japan. The economics minister is leading a delegation to Japan for a four-day visit as part of efforts to deepen the partnership (合作關系) between the two countries and to forge a Taiwan-Japan technology partnership. Rights Group Calls for ICC to Arrest Israeli Leaders Three Palestinian rights groups have filed a lawsuit against Israel over the Gaza conflict at the International Criminal Court. The human rights organisations Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights have asked for the court's urgent (緊迫的) attention, and issue arrest warrants for Israel's leaders. Jody Jacobs reports… Colombia Diaz Father Released Safely Colombia’s government has announced that the father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz has been released by members of a guerrilla group who kidnapped him in northern Colombia. The release ends a 12-day ordeal for the family. Luis Manuel Diaz’s kidnapping on Oct. 28 in the small town of Barrancas had quickly drawn international attention and appeals (呼籲) for his release. The guerrilla group National Liberation Army, or ELN, acknowledged some of its members carried out the kidnapping but have said it was a mistake. The release was announced by the government’s delegation that currently is in peace negotiations with the ELN. Japan New Island Formed After Volcanic Eruption An undersea volcano's eruption off Japan three weeks ago has provided a rare view of the birth of a tiny new island, but experts say it may not last long. The undersea volcano just off the southern coast of Iwo Jima started its latest series of eruptions on Oct. 21-st. The Japan Meteorological Agency says that by early November, a new island had formed that is about 100 meters in diameter and as high as 20 meters above the sea. Volcanic activity at the site has since subsided (減少、消退了), but the agency says the newly formed island has somewhat shrunk because its “crumbly” formation is easily washed away by waves. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/10/20235 minutes, 44 seconds
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EZ News 11/09/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 0.33-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,741 on turnover of $2.3-billion N-T. The market extended gains from the previous session on Wednesday, to close above the 16,700-point mark as bargain hunters snapped up weakened artificial intelligence development-related stocks. However, the main board remained in consolidation mode despite the gains, as investors were cautious about a possible major technical pullback as other regional markets lost ground during the trading day. FDA Warns on Online Drug Purchases The Food and Drug Administration is warning people about the dangers of purchasing medicines online. According to F-D-A Deputy Director General Cheng Hui-fang, the number of online sellers of pharmaceuticals is continuing to increase and its common that such "pharmacies" operating without a license sell substandard or counterfeit products. Cheng says such medicines can contain no active or potentially harmful ingredients and are often sold by overseas-based websites, some of which pose (假充) as if they're operating in Taiwan. Even individuals who unknowingly purchase such drugs delivered from overseas face a fine of 30,000 N-T. Online pharmacies caught operating without a license face a fine of up to 2-million N-T, while importers of unlicensed pharmaceuticals can face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a possible maximum fine of 100-million N-T. Australian Firefighters Donate to New Taipei Dog Refuge A group of visiting Australian firefighters have donated 235,000 N-T to a stray dog shelter in New Taipei. The 10 firefighters made the donation during a visit to the PACK Taiwan shelter in the city's Shan-Zhi District at the the invitation of the trade and Investment office for the Australian state of Queensland. The shelter is home to some 200 sick, disabled, abused, old and neglected (被疏于照?的) dogs. The donation was made a day after the firefighters from "the Australian Firefighter Calendar" joined a charity auction in Taipei where they raised the money for the New Taipei shelter. The calendar's director, David Rogers says the calendar has a history of supporting animal refuges and Australian wildlife. US Launches More Airstrikes in Syria The U.S. has launched another airstrike on a site in Syria. AP's Lisa Dwyer explains. UN Nuclear Power Could Help Tackle Climate Change The U.N. nuclear chief says nuclear energy must be part of the equation to tackle climate change. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said climate-warming hydrocarbons still supply more than 80% of the world’s energy, even after the green transition of the past 20 years. Rafael Grossi told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that more than 400 nuclear reactors are supplying global electricity and over 50 are under construction. But nuclear power's share of global electricity production decreased in the past two decades. Grossi said there is growing interest in nuclear energy but it needs investment that takes into account its benefits (好處). Hollywood Reaches Tentative Deal to End Strike Hollywood's actors union has reached a tentative deal with studios to end its strike. The contract agreement reached Wednesday still must be approved by the union's board and its members, but the deal brings an end to the months of labor strife (衝突) that has hobbled production in Hollywood. The union says the strike will be over today. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/9/20236 minutes, 33 seconds
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EZ News 11/08/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,691 on turnover of 1.7-billion N-T. The market edged higher on Tuesday, bucking a regional downturn. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing helped anchor the broader market throughout the session, while buying towards the end of the trading day moved the main board above the 120-day moving average of 16,679-points. Subject: E*Military Officers Indicted in Corruption Case Return to Table of contents The Shilin District Prosecutors' Office has indicted two Military Intelligence Bureau officers on charges of corruption and document forgery. According to the prosecutors' office, the two fraudulently obtained millions of N-T from the bureau beginning in 2018 by fabricating interactions with a Chinese intelligence operative named "Liang Fan." Prosecutors say the two also forged multiple pieces of information to support their claims about the network they pretended to have created around Liang and his operations. Both suspects have been detained (被拘留) since June and have been charged with violating the Anti-Corruption Act. CDC Reporting Taiwan's First Monkey Pox Death The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed Taiwan's first monkey pox-related death. According to the C-D-C, the patient was a man in his 30s from northern Taiwan, who was also infected with H-I-V. Health authorities say the man sought medical attention for a skin ulcer in August, and returned to see a doctor again in early September after his condition had deteriorated (惡化). Subsequent tests confirmed that he had contracted (感染) the monkey pox. The man was pronounced dead on November 1. The C-D-C designated monkey pox as a Category 2 communicable disease in June of last year. A total of 355 cases have been reported here in Taiwan since then. Elysee Palace to Bring Back Changing of Guard Ceremony The Elysee Palace in Paris, where the president lives and works, has brought back its public changing of the guard ceremony for the first time in 27 years. The presidential office says the formal (正式的) ceremony will take place on the first Tuesday of every month. Rebecca Bundhun reports from Paris. Japan Unification Church to Set Up Compensation Fund The Unification Church’s Japanese branch plans to set aside up to $67 million to cover possible compensation for people seeking damages they say were caused by the group’s manipulative fundraising tactics. The move announced Tuesday was seen as an attempt to allay (緩和) suspicion that the group would try to avoid later payouts by hiding assets overseas while a government-requested dissolution order is pending. The group’s fundraising and recruitment tactics, as well as its cozy ties with Japan's long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, surfaced in an investigation after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination last year. The accused shooter allegedly was motivated by Abe’s links to the church and blamed it for bankrupting his family. Brazil Neymar Partner's Parents Taken Hostage Thieves entered the home of Brazilian soccer star Neymar’s partner and took her parents hostage early Tuesday morning, Bruna Biancardi, the mother of Neymar's baby girl, wrote on her verified Instagram account. Local media reported that her parents’ home is located in Cotia, a city in Sao Paulo’s metropolitan area, and that one of the three armed robbers, a neighbor of Biancardi’s parents, has been apprehended. Biancardi says “Material things are recovered, the important thing is that everyone is OK and that the people involved are being found”. Neymar also lamented (哀嘆) the attack on his own Instagram account, without providing any details. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/8/20236 minutes, 29 seconds
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EZ News 11/07/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened almost flat this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,650 on turnover of 2-billion N-T. The market moved above the 16,600-point mark on Monday. The bellwether electronics sector led the gains on the back of a strong showing for tech stocks on Wall Street last week and as investors were buoyed by news the U-S Fed could put the brakes on its rate hike cycle. MOE to Subsidize Students On Campus Dormitories The Ministry of Education says it plans to introduce a fixed rent subsidy of between 1,200 and 1,500 N-T for students who live in on-campus dormitories. According to the ministry, the subsidies are expected to be introduced by February of next year and its estimated they will benefit (造福) 260,000 college and university students. The move is an expansion of the government's rent subsidy 2.0 policy - that was launched in July of this year. And the education ministry says college and university students who live off-campus will also be eligible for rent subsidies of between 2,400 and 3,600 N-T per month. The proposal still requires Cabinet approval. FM Visiting Baltic states this Week Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is visiting Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia this week. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wu is slated to attend forums and give speeches to underscore Taiwan's resolve to safeguard democracy with like-minded countries while in the three Baltic states. Wu will attend a forum in Lithuania where discussions will be held on the subject of the future of democracy. He'll deliver two separate speeches at the Institute of International Affairs in Latvia. And attend the International Centre for Defense and Security in Estonia - where the foreign ministry says Wu will relay Taiwan's determination to fight for democracy against authoritarian regimes (威權主義). UN Guterres Calls for Gaza Ceasefire United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has again called for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Jody Jacobs has more from the UN… OpenAI Launches GPT-4 Turbo The company behind ChatGPT has launched a new line of chatbot products that can be customized to a variety of tasks. At an event held in San Francisco, OpenAI unveiled a new version called GPT-4 Turbo. The company says it is more capable and can retrieve information about world and cultural events as recent as April 2023 — unlike previous (先前的,) versions that couldn’t answer questions about anything that happened after 2021. Prince William Announces Agreement to Combat Wildlife Trade Britain’s Prince William says seven countries, including Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the United States, have committed at a wildlife summit to deepen their intelligence-sharing and other cooperation to combat money laundering by international gangs engaged in the illegal wildlife trade. The Prince of Wales told the United for Wildlife Summit in Singapore that the wildlife population around the world has plummeted (暴跌) by almost 70% over the past 50 years. He said joint investigations will lead to more high-value seizures and arrests. William is in Singapore for the annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony today. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast
11/7/20236 minutes, 16 seconds
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EZ News 11/06/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 64-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,572 on turnover of 3.9-billion N-T. The market moved higher on Friday, extending gains from a session earlier as investors took cues (提示) from a rally on Wall Street overnight driven by expectations that the U-S Federal Reserve's rate hike cycle has concluded. Senior Economics Official in London for Taiwan-UK Trade Talks Deputy Economics Minister C.C Chen has been attending the 26th UK-Taiwan Trade Talks in London. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the talks are focusing on enhancing economic resilience (彈性) and supply chain collaboration between the two countries. The meeting is being being jointly hosted by Chen and the U-K Minister of State for International Trade Nigel Huddleston and is also covering cooperation in the field of of energy, semiconductor, scientific research, net-zero policies and offshore wind power. The deputy economics minister is also meeting with Taiwanese business people and local industry representatives while in London to exchange views and promote investing in Taiwan. Ko Calls for 'Patience' Amid Electoral Pact Questions Taiwan People's Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je is calling on his supporters to remain "patient," as talks on an electoral pact with the K-M-T appear to have stalled. According to Ko, party officials are continuing to seek consenus on a method to decides on process to select a joint presidential candidate. The statement comes after K-M-T Chairman Eric Chu is insisting (堅持) that cross party negotiations will continue. Ko is backing a public poll to decide the presidential ticket - saying such a poll would not give equal weighting to a cross-party vote among legislative candidates, as has been proposed by the K-M-T. But the K-M-T chairman has said Ko's proposed polling method would have "no statistical meaning at all." US Blinken in MidEast to Discuss IsraelHamas War US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spent the weekend crisscrossing (縱橫交錯) throughout the Middle East, engaging in shuttle diplomacy over the Israel-Hamas war. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. Russia ICBM for Nuclear Warheads Successfully Tested The Russian military has reported a successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear warheads from a new nuclear submarine. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday that the strategic missile cruiser fired the Bulava missile from an underwater position in Russia’s northern White Sea, and hit a target in the far-eastern region of Kamchatka. The report comes as tensions are soaring between Russia and the West over the fighting in Ukraine. Adding to those tensions, President Vladimir Putin last week signed a bill revoking (撤銷) Russia’s ratification of a global nuclear test ban in a move that Moscow said was needed to establish parity with the United States. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
11/6/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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EZ News 11/03/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 16-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,413 on turnover of $3.4-billion N-T. Trash in Tamsui River Basin Doubles From 2020-2023 The Society of Wilderness says a survey has found that the amount of garbage along the Tamsui River and its tributaries has doubled in the past three years. According to the society, nearly 70-per cent of the garbage is comprised of single-use plastic items. Society marine specialist Hsu Hsiao-chun says the waste screening survey was carried out by 36 volunteers and covered the entire Tamsui River basin, estuaries (河口) and nearby areas, totaling 283-kilometers. Hsu says a total of 56,600 14-literbags were cleared from river bank and coastal areas during the survey. Data shows that 80-per cent of the garbage was concentrated along 6-per cent of the riverbank and was mostly accumulated in the areas of the Guandu Bridge, New Taipei's Luzhou District and on the right side of She-Zi Island in Taipei. The New Taipei Environmental Protection Department says the city government will continue to strengthen the promotion of waste reduction, such as promoting the reduction of online shopping packaging. US House Pushes Through Israel Military Assistance but no House Republicans have pushed through $14.5 billion in military assistance for Israel without humanitarian aid for Gaza. AP correspondent Norman Hall reports. Colombia Diaz Father Kidnapped by Guerrilla Group Colombia’s government says the guerrilla group National Liberation Army, known as ELN, has kidnapped the father of Liverpool and Colombian national soccer team striker Luis Diaz. The peace delegation of the government, which is currently in negotiations with ELN, said in a statement it was “officially aware” that the kidnapping had been “perpetrated (犯下的) by a unit that belongs to ELN.” Both of Diaz's parents were kidnapped by armed men on motorcycles on Saturday at a gas station in the small town of Barrancas. The footballer's mother was rescued within hours by police. Diaz's father remained missing, which triggered special forces to search for him in a mountain range that straddles (橫跨) both countries and is covered by forest. Police also offered a $48,000 reward for information leading to Diaz’s father. Diaz currently plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League, which he joined last year in a deal worth $67 million. Rwanda Announces VisaFree Travel Rwanda announced Thursday that it will allow all Africans to travel visa-free to the country, becoming the latest nation on the continent to announce such a measure aimed at boosting free movement of people. President Paul Kagame made the announcement on Thursday and highighted the potential of Africa as “a unified tourism destination (目的地)”. Other countries that allow Africans to enter their territories without visas are Gambia, Benin and Seychelles. Kenya’s President William Ruto announced Monday plans to allow all Africans to travel to the East African nation visa-free by December 31. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 2023 Podcast YeAr播客年會手刀報名! 𝙄𝙄𝙄黃金陣容𝙄𝙄𝙄 阿善師(謝松善)&子榕┃傑西大叔┃戴爾大叔┃三三(陳思安)┃高逸文律師 𝙄𝙄𝙄5堂精選課程輕鬆入門𝙄𝙄𝙄 聲音產業現況┃主持&專訪技巧┃著作權保障┃實戰分享 本活動票券於Accupass活動通線上販售 單場150元;套票675元 立即報名 ▶▶▶ https://bit.ly/3tMPTGw
11/3/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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EZ News 11/02/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 55-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,094 on turnover of 3.1-billion N-T. The market closed moderately higher on Wednesday as investor sentiment remained cautious ahead of the conclusion of the U-S Federal Reserve's policymaking meeting. Large cap tech stocks pushed the main board higher, while tourism and airline related stocks also gained ground on hopes that this weekend's Taipei International Travel Fair will boost revenue. TPP's Ko Outlines Energy Policy Platform Taiwan People's Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je is outlining his energy policy platform - calling for sustainable energy transition and the extended use of two of the island's nuclear power plants. According to Ko, under his policy, by 2030 Taiwan's energy will will come from 45-per cent gas, 30-per cent renewables, 15-per cent coal and 10-per cent nuclear power. Ko says nuclear power is necessary for the country's energy transition (過渡時期) and he says the most pragmatic is only setting a deadline for an end to nuclear power, when renewable energy sources have been sufficiently developed. The T-P-P 2024 nominee is also proposing the establishment of a "Climate Change and Sustainability Committee." Talent Taiwan Office Foreign Professionals Opens The government has launched the Talent Taiwan Office. The National Development Council says the service center is dedicated to recruiting foreign professionals and helping them get accustomed (習慣、適應) to life in Taiwan. The center is an extension of the Taiwan Employment Gold Card Office, that was set up in October 2020 to provide professional consultation and assistance to Employment Gold Card holders. The N-D-C says, the launch of the talent office means that services will be expanded from only being available to the 8,348 gold card holders to being accessible to those holding the Taiwan Entrepreneur Visa and other employed foreign professionals. Thousands at Gaza Border with Egypt Thousands of people remain in Gaza at the Rafah border point hoping to cross over into Egypt. Earlier around 400 people were able to leave as Egypt opened up the crossing for the first time since fighting began more than three weeks ago. Sarah Coates in Tel Aviv reports that a UN official managed to cross in the other direction, and enter Gaza. Israel Criticizes SAmerican Countries In related news… Israel has criticized Bolivia, Chile and Colombia after the South American countries undertook a series of diplomatic moves to protest Israel's military operations against Hamas in Gaza. Other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Brazil, have also increased their criticism of the impact that Israel’s military operations are having on civilians. Israel on Wednesday called on Colombia and Chile to “explicitly condemn the Hamas terrorist organization, which slaughtered (殘殺) and abducted babies, children, women and the elderly.” The call came hours after Chile and Colombia both recalled their ambassadors to Israel on Tuesday evening amid criticism of the killing of civilians in Gaza. Russia Volcano Ash Forces Schools Closed Ash columns have erupted from Eurasia’s tallest active volcano and forced authorities to close schools in two towns on Russia’s sparsely populated Kamchatka Peninsula. Officials said the eruptions from the volcano on Wednesday sent ash as high as 13 kilometers above sea level. There were no reports of injuries, but officials ordered schools in the two towns closed as a precaution. The 4,650-meter volcano has been active in recent years and released lava in June. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/2/20236 minutes, 38 seconds
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EZ News 11/01/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 26-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,028 on turnover of $2.06-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex lost ground on Tuesday, and joined other regional markets in ending the day negative territory as investors await a decision by the U-S Federal Reserve on interest rates. Consumer's Foundation Files Class Action Suit Against Costco Taiwan The Consumer's Foundation has filed a class-action suit against Costco Taiwan on behalf of 135 people who purchased imported berries that were found to have traces of the hepatitis A virus earlier this year. According to the foundation, it's requesting Costco pay the affected consumers a total of 11.07-million N-T, or an average of 82,000 N-T per person, in compensation. The foundation says the monetary compensation is being sought as Costco Taiwan failed to take precautionary measures in line with the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. The Consumer's Foundation is arguing that although Costco was first informed in March that American consumers had tested positive for hepatitis A, likely due to eating the store's frozen berries, it didn't actively inspect or recall the berries as a precaution (預防措施). .. and Costco only removed the products from its shelves at the end of April after the Food and Drug Administration ordered local public health agencies to monitor the company. France Police Shoot Terror Suspect French police have opened fire on a woman who threatened to blow herself up and allegedly made death threats and spoke in support of terrorism on a train heading into Paris. The shooting Tuesday is the latest security incident (事件) in France, which has been on heightened anti-terror alert since a fatal stabbing at a school on Oct. 13. The Paris prosecutor’s office says two police officers together fired eight shots, seriously wounding the woman. What exactly the woman said is now the subject of a police investigation. US Elects New Representative to Israel The United States Senate has approved Jack Lew to be the new U.S. ambassador to Israel. He is set to take on the critical (緊要的) role amid the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas. Jody Jacobs has more… Bangladesh Garment Factory Workers Protest Thousands of garment factory workers have taken to the streets of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, and the industrial district of Gazipur to demand better wages. Protests erupted over the weekend after the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association offered to increase the monthly minimum wage by 25% to reach $90, instead of the $208 demanded by the workers. While Bangladesh has been maintaining (維持) stable annual economic growth for years, rising inflation has become a major challenge. Bangladesh has about 3,500 garment factories employing about 4 million workers. It earns $55 billion a year from exports, mainly to the United States and Europe. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 轉骨有成,日股長線續航仍強 日股專家-市佔No.1的日本野村資產管理 在地團隊發揮加乘效果 價值投資挖掘潛力企業 由下而上主動挑選優質個股 帶領您重新發現日股投資魅力 了解更多:https://bit.ly/45OUq8p
11/1/20235 minutes, 45 seconds
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EZ News 10/31/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 26-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,176 on turnover of 3.1-billion N-T. The market gained ground on Monday ahead of a U-S Federal Reserve decision later this week on interest rates and as oil prices fell. European Parliamentary Delegation Visiting Taiwan The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a delegation of European parliamentarians is visiting this week as part of efforts aimed at strengthening the European Parliament's relations with Taiwan. The three-member delegation is led by being led by the vice chairman of the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group. According to the foreign ministry, the delegation will be holding talks with President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior government officials, including Legislative Speaker You Si-kun and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during its six-day visit. The foreign ministry says the talks will focus on the economy, democracy and disinformation (虛假資訊). Tsai Meets and Thanks Paralympic Team And, President Tsai Ing-wen has met with members of Taiwan's Asian Paralympic Games team. Speaking at an event at the Presidential Building, Tsai thanked the athletes for their fighting spirit and said her administration will continue to support sporting events for those with disabilities. She also said athletes and coaches preparing for next year's Paris Paralympic Games will get additional support to ensure (確保) they can "earn glory" for Taiwan next summer in the French capital. Taiwan has finished in 13th place in the medals table - bringing home four gold, four silver and 12 bronze. Those medals included Taiwan's first-ever in taekwondo, archery, and Go at the Asia Paralympics. Subject: E*Israel Offensive Pushes Further into Gaza Israeli armoured vehicles including a tank have been seen on Gaza's main road as Israel expands (擴大) its ground offensive. It comes as Hamas released a video of three female hostages. Sarah Coates reports from Tel Aviv. Jamaica Earthquake Leaves Infrastructure Damage A 5.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Jamaica and prompted people to flee buildings amid heavy shaking that knocked out power in some areas. The tremor caused panic (恐慌) on the island Monday, but the prime minister says there have been no reports of deaths, injuries or serious damage. The epicenter of the quake was about 10 kilometers west-northwest of Hope Bay. The U.S. Geological Survey says it occurred at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. Australia ThinkThank: Beijing Targeting SPacific Allies with Aid An Australian think tank says Beijing has increasingly targeted its South Pacific political allies with its shrinking aid budget Sydney’s Lowy Institute report in its latest annual analysis that Chinese economic influence in the region is losing ground to better loan deals offered by U.S. allies to 14 aid-dependent Pacific Island nations. Strategic competition in the South Pacific has escalated since China struck a security pact with the Solomons Islands last year that raised the prospect (前景) of a Chinese naval foothold being established in the South Pacific. The decline in Chinese aid has been driven mainly by a lack of Pacific government interest in Chinese loans that have left Pacific countries including Tonga heavily in debt. The United States has warned that Chinese finance is a debt trap for poor countries that threatens their sovereignty. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/31/20236 minutes, 18 seconds
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EZ News 10/30/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from Friday's close, at 16,142 on turnover of 1.4-billion N-T. The market staged a mild technical rebound on Friday from a downturn the previous session following an uptick (上升) in U-S tech stocks in after-hours trading. However, turnover was limited, as many investors were reluctant to chase prices amid concerns the U-S Federal Reserve will keep interest rates high for longer than expected after economic growth in the third quarter beat expectations. TPP's Ko to Hold Election Pact Talks with KMT Chair Today Taiwan People's Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je is and K-M-T chairman Eric Chu are holding talks this hour as both parties are seeking to come to an agreement on plans to cooperate in January's election. The closed-door meeting is taking place at the Mayor's Residence Art Salon in Taipei. The talks will are focusing on issues including how to select the strongest opposition presidential candidate, how best to establish (建立) a coalition government and ways to maximize their numbers of lawmakers in the legislature. Party officials say the meeting is expected to last about an hour and Ko and Chu will hold a joint press conference to announce any finalized plans after it concludes. TRA Banking on 'Diversification' to Solve Debt Crisis The Taiwan Railways Administration says it will work to diversify into other businesses after corporatization next year to stem an escalating (逐步升級) debt crisis. According to director-general Du Wei, the administration is looking to learn from Japanese railroad companies, that have successfully diversified service types to generate (產生) "substantial profits." Du says the railways administration plans to expand its current scale of affiliated businesses, from mostly meal box catering to train carriage and station cleaning services - generating capital of 1.1-billion N-T per year. Du also says similar strategies could apply to train maintenance and more, to reduce human resource outsourcing. Gaza Receives Aid Shipment Gaza has received the largest aid shipment since the start of the war, but humanitarian workers say it's not enough to meet the people's needs. AP correspondent Mimmi Montgomery reports. German Chancellor Meets Nigerian President German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has met with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu as part of a West Africa tour as the European country looks to diversify (多樣化) its trade partners and expand economic partnerships in the energy-rich region. In his third trip to Africa since he took office in 2021, Scholz pushed for further development of Nigeria’s capacity to meet local needs, even as Germany seeks improved trade relations with its second-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. Germany-Nigeria trade volume is estimated to be about 3 billion euros annually. Scholz says Germany can work with Nigeria to help tackle issues such as migration, security and rampant coups in West and Central Africa. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 「當我意識到自己的一無是處,我發現生命珍貴了起來。」 K6劉家凱《太棒了!我一無是處的人生》打破傳統的演唱專輯形式! 以樂手身份為本位,與7位歌手合作,包括:陳珊妮、曹雅雯、洪佩瑜、劉以豪、Kivi、桃子A1J、Betie。 🎧線上收聽: https://bit.ly/3Q4C3b7
10/30/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 10/27/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 39-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,113 on turnover of $2.7-billion N-T. The market tumbled on Thursday, as investors reacted to a decline on Wall Street overnight and after some of the most influential (有影響力的) companies turned in mixed profit reports. MOHW Proposing Stipend Plan to Retain Long-Term Caregivers The Ministry of Health has unveiled a proposed staff retention program that aims to encourage young people to stay in the long-term care services. The plans seeks to provide a monthly stipend of 5,000 N-T to those who opt to remain working in the long-term care sector. Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan says the plan is geared towards to both attracting and retaining young people, in particularly those with a relevant degree, to work in residential care facilities. To be eligible to receive the 5,000 N-T monthly stipend, those who have recently graduated with long-term care qualifications will have take an additional week-long training program such as on disaster emergency response. Graduates specializing in long-term care services will also need to work as a caregiver in a residential care facility for at least one year before being eligible for the stipend (助學金), which will be paid for up to four years,. US Blinken China FM Meet U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Washington on Thursday in a flurry of (一陣) diplomacy between the two nations. The U.S. wants China to help make sure the Israel-Gaza conflict doesn't spill over into other countries; and Beijing has expressed a willingness to work together. Caroline Malone reports from Washington Sudan and Rival Forces Resume Peace Talks Saudi Arabia say the Sudanese army and its rival paramilitary force have resumed peace talks. It says the talks between the army and the Rapid Support Forces are underway in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah and are being brokered by both Riyadh and Washington. The RSF and the army have both confirmed they would participate in the talks. Sudan was plunged into chaos in mid-April, when simmering (充滿勢將爆發的) tensions between the military and the RSF exploded into open warfare. Previous peace talks were held in Jeddah earlier this year but broke down in late June. The Saudi foreign ministry says it hopes the fresh negotiations will lead to another cease-fire, and to a political agreement. UN Forms AI Advisory Panel U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced the appointment of a 39-member global advisory panel to report on international governance of artificial intelligence and its risks, challenges and key opportunities. The U.N. chief told a news conference Thursday the gender-balanced, geographically diverse (多種多樣的) group which spans generations will issue preliminary recommendations by the end of the year and final recommendations by the summer of 2024. The U.N. said the formation of the body marks a significant step in its efforts to address issues of AI international governance and will help bridge existing and emerging initiatives. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/27/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 2023/10/26

「當我意識到自己的一無是處,我發現生命珍貴了起來。」 K6劉家凱《太棒了!我一無是處的人生》打破傳統的演唱專輯形式! 以樂手身份為本位,與7位歌手合作,包括:陳珊妮、曹雅雯、洪佩瑜、劉以豪、Kivi、桃子A1J、Betie。 🎧線上收聽: https://bit.ly/3Q4C3b7 -- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- MND Looking into Alleged Sale of Firearms Hou Hsiao-hsien Confirmed as having Alzheimer's Disease UN Security Council Fails Again to Pass Resolution on the Middle East Ukraine Evacuating Children From Front Line Areas Venezuela Probing Organizers of Weekend Presidential Primary Bud Light Returning to UFC
10/26/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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EZ News 10/25/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 10-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,320 on turnover of 1.9-billion N-T. The market recovered from early losses and closed moderately higher on Tuesday, as late investor buying pushed up artificial intelligence development-related stocks on the back of their relatively low valuations. Taiwan and Canada Complete Negotiations on Investment Pact Taiwan and Canada have completed negotiations on a pact aimed at promoting investment and protection. According to the Office of Trade Negotiations, if ratified (正式批准), the deal "will be beneficial for Taiwanese small and medium-sized enterprises who want to expand their investment presence" in Canada and "support Taiwan's goal of achieving net-zero transformation." While Global Affairs Canada says completion of the talks highlights that Taiwan as an important trade and investment partner at a time when Canada is deepening its economic partnerships and relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. Both sides say a foreign investment promotion and protection arrangement will be formally signed after the completion of the legal text review and respective administrative procedures. DPP Lawmaker Apologizes for Affair D-P-P lawmaker Chao Tian-lin has issued a public apology and admitted to having an extramarital affair several years ago. The apology comes after photographs of Chao and a woman, who has been confirmed as being a Chinese national, were published earlier this week. Speaking to reporters at his office in Kaohsiung, Chao said his wife was aware of the affair and has forgiven him and he will not be seeking re-election in January's legislative election. Some opposition lawmakers are accusing Chao of being unfit to serve as a lawmaker while others are claiming that Chao's Chinese girlfriend was allowed to enter Taiwan under to guise ((尤指為了欺騙而裝出的)外表) of a medical-related visit. There are also calls for national security agencies to open an investigation into Chao's actions. China Replaces Defense Minister Chinese state media are reporting that the country has replaced Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu. He has been out of public view for almost two months with little explanation (解釋). The announcement of Li's removal was made Tuesday without further information being given. Li is the second senior Chinese official to disappear this year. Former Foreign Minister Qin Gang was removed from office in July with no explanation offered. There is no indication that the disappearances of Qin and Li signal a change in China’s foreign or defense policies. Horizon Air Pilot Pleads Not Guilty More charges are being filed against an off-duty pilot who tried to cut (關) the engines on a Horizon Aiir flight. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. Zimbabwe Missing Tourist Found Alive A German tourist who went missing in a national park in northern Zimbabwe has been found alive and in “good health” along with his rental car three days later. A national parks agency spokesperson says the tourist had last been seen buying a drink at the park shop before going for a game drive Saturday afternoon. The spokesman says the car rental company failed to locate him on its GPS tracking system and authorities deployed a helicopter, vehicles and sniffer dogs to search for him. There are no immediate details on how deep in the park the man had ventured (冒險去(或做)). That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 新鮮事、新奇事、新故事《一銀陪你聊“新”事》 第一銀行打造公股銀行首創ESG Podcast頻道上線啦 由知名主持人阿Ken與多位名人來賓進行對談 邀請您一起落實永續發展 讓永續未來不再只是想像 各大收聽平台搜尋:ㄧ銀陪你聊新事 https://bit.ly/45AG8bv
10/25/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 10/24/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,257 on turnover of 2.8-billion N-T. The market tumbled more than 180-points on Monday to reach its lowest level in five months after Wall Street took a hit at the end of last week on the back of a spike in Treasury yields. The bellwether electronics sector dragged prices lower, especially large cap stocks, as rising Treasury yields made tech stocks and their relatively low dividends less attractive. DPP Accuses China of Pressuring Terry Gou with Hon Hai Probe In news from and about Taiwan this morning, The D-P-P is accusing Beijing of opening "politically motivated" investigations into Hon Hai in an attempt to pressure Terry Gou into abandoning his independent bid for the presidency. According to the party's legislative caucus, the investigations are part of efforts by Beijing to push for and accelerate (加速) the cooperation of Taiwan's opposition parties. The statements follow reports that tax authorities in China recently searched Hon Hai offices in Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces, while the Ministry of Natural Resources inspected the company's offices in Henan and Hubei provinces. Gou has not publicly respond to the reports. NAMR Succeeds in Cultivating Giant Seaweed Species The National Academy of Marine Research says it has successfully cultivated two types of native giant seaweeds. According to academy, the success in cultivation of the macroalgae species will enable it to restore some marine habitats, give it a stable supply of seedlings (幼苗) and the ability to enhance ocean carbon sinks. And as part of the project, researchers collected 48 native species of large seaweeds in waters off southern Taiwan and moved the fresh algae to land-based tanks for cultivation in large amounts. Hamas Releases Two Hostages The International Committee of the Red Cross says Hamas militants have released two hostages it had been holding captive in the Gaza Strip. It was the second time the group has freed hostages seized in its bloody Oct. 7 cross-border incursion (侵入) into Israel. The two freed women, 85 and 79 years old, were taken out of Gaza at the Rafah crossing into Egypt, where they were put into ambulances. Hamas reportedly received nothing in exchange for the release of the two hostages, who were freed days after an American woman and her teenage daughter A U.S. official said Monday that Washington has advised Israel to delay a possible ground invasion to allow more time to try and secure the release of more hostages. US Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Foreign Agent Charge US Senator Bob Menendez has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government. The lawmaker appeared in a Manhattan court on Monday for a brief hearing, which lasted less than five minutes. Last month the lawmaker pleaded not guilty to accepting bribes to benefit Egypt and interfere with law enforcement (執法官員) investigations. Sally Patterson has more. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast
10/24/20235 minutes, 55 seconds
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EZ News 10/23/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 49-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,391 on turnover of 3.3-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex lost ground on Friday along with other regional markets, as investors reacted to the prospect of a 5-per cent yield on 10-year U-S Treasury bonds for the first time since 2007, which added to pressure on Wall Street overnight. Ko Eyes Cross-Party Committee to Review Electoral Pact Taiwan People's Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je is reportedly seeking to establish a cross-party committee to review and oversee plans for a electoral pact with the K-M-T. Ko says the committee will communicate with K-M-T presidential candidate Hou You-yi on issues concerning the forming a cross-party consultative (諮詢) group sometime this week. According to a spokesperson for Ko's office, the committee will seek to help the two parties discuss how to allocate government posts if they win the presidential election. Tsai Calls for More Diverse and Heart-Touching Taiwanese TV Dramas President Tsai Ing-wen is expressing her gratitude to film and television workers -- and acknowledging the impact (影響) of their work on people's lives and called for more diverse and heart-touching programs. Taking to social media following this past weekend's 58th Golden Bell Awards, Tsai congratulated those who won awards, while thanking those in the broadcasting and TV business for their "companionship." She also praised their consistent efforts to produce high-quality and diverse content, including entertaining variety programs, trendsetting reality shows and dramas that touched on many issues. US "Ready to Protect Personnel in Middle East" Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States is ready to protect U.S. personnel in the Middle East, should the Israel-Hamas war escalate (升級). AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. ((opens with actuality)) Congo Boat Capsizing Local authorities in Congo say st least 28 people drowned after a boat capsized in the Congo River in Equateur province. An administrator for the territory says the boat was traveling from Ngondo, about 120 kilometers from the province’s capital and crashed Saturday night in Bolomba village. He said Sunday that about 200 passengers were rescued and an unknown number of others were missing. It was the second boat wreck (沉船) on the Congo River within a week. On October 14-th, another boat capsized, killing at least 47 people and leaving more than 70 missing. Iran Sentences Female Journalists to Prison A court in Iran has sentenced two female journalists to up to seven years in prison for collaborating with the U.S. government and other charges. Both have been imprisoned for over a year following their coverage (新聞報道,) of the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody in Sept. 2022. They can appeal the sentencing within 20 days. The journalists broke the news of Amini’s death for wearing her headscarf too loosely was sentenced to seven years in jail, while the other who wrote about Amini's funeral was sentenced to six. Amini’s death touched off months-long protests in dozens of cities across Iran, and nearly 100 journalists were arrested during the demonstrations. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 漢神巨蛋週年慶開跑囉! 10/12~11/7化妝品3千送3百,首四日憑聯名卡+漢神APP 全館滿1萬送5佰;精品滿2萬送1仟;家用專櫃滿1萬送1仟2 消費滿額抽瑞士14日遊、台北漢來住宿券,還有ROBINMAY聯名來店禮等你領。 查看DM https://bit.ly/3LPFtff
10/23/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 10/20/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 18-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,434 on turnover of $2.46-billion N-T. The market closed slightly higher on Thursday as tech heavyweights staged a technical rebound from a the previous session, as investors opted to shrug off a plunge on Wall Street overnight. However, turnover remained capped, as investors remained cautious about escalating tensions in the Middle East after the U-S vetoed a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council urging a humanitarian pause in the Gaza Strip. Lithuanian Officials to visit Taiwan to Talk Fintech Exchanges The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a delegation of officials and business representatives from Lithuania will visit Taiwan next week. The visit will be focusing on discussions aimed at advancing bilateral exchanges in financial technology and other fields. According to the foreign ministry, the delegation will also meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior government officials during its four-day stay. The delegation will be led by the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, and will include her foreign policy advisor and the country's deputy finance minister. The foreign ministry says members of the delegation will participate in a financial technology forum and visit the Ultrafast Laser Technology Research and Innovation Center in Tainan. While the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament is scheduled to address the Legislative Yuan. Canada Recalls Diplomats from India Canada's foreign minister says the country has recalled 41 of its diplomats from India after the Indian government said it would revoke their diplomatic immunity, escalating ( 惡化、 加劇) a spat over the slaying of a Sikh separatist in Canada. The moves come after Canadian allegations that India may have been involved in the June killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in suburban Vancouver. India has accused Canada of harboring separatists and “terrorists." But it has dismissed the allegation of its involvement in the killing as “absurd” and has taken diplomatic steps to express its anger over the accusation. Indonesia ExGovernors Kick of Presidential Race Two prominent ex-governors are first to put their hats in the ring (宣佈參選) for the race to become Indonesia's next president. The southeast Asian nation goes to the polls in February next year in the world's largest direct presidential vote. Patrick Fok reports. EU Demands Meta TikTok Curb Disinformation The European Union has demanded Meta and TikTok detail their efforts to curb illegal content and disinformation during the Israel-Hamas war. The 27-nation bloc’s executive branch on Thursday formally requested that the social media companies provide information on how they’re complying (遵守) with pioneering new digital rules aimed at cleaning up online platforms. Meta and TikTok were asked to explain what they've done to reduce the risk of spreading and amplifying terrorist and violent content, hate speech and disinformation. The Israel-Hamas war is putting the new digital rules to the test. Elon Musk’s social media platform X faced the EU's first formal request under the rules last week. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 漢神巨蛋週年慶開跑囉! 10/12~11/7化妝品3千送3百,首四日憑聯名卡+漢神APP 全館滿1萬送5佰;精品滿2萬送1仟;家用專櫃滿1萬送1仟2 消費滿額抽瑞士14日遊、台北漢來住宿券,還有ROBINMAY聯名來店禮等你領。 查看DM https://bit.ly/3LPFtff
10/20/20235 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 10/19/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 24-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,416 on turnover of 3.5-billion N-T. The market tumbled 200-points on Wednesday as the bellwether electronics sector led the losses after the the Biden administration cut off shipments of chips designed by Nvidia and other American semiconductor designers to China. Investors also remained cautious about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing stock ahead of an investor conference later today, at which the company will release its third quarterly results and give guidance for the fourth quarter. Visiting Belgian Lawmaker Expresses Concern over China's Military Sorties Visiting Belgian parliamentarian Els Van Hoof is expressing concern over China's increasing military sorties near Taiwan. Speaking during a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, Van Hoof said Belgium is concerned of the growing crossing of Taiwan's air defense identification zone and also the medium line by military vessels and jets" by the Chinese military. According to Van Hoof, who chairs the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, "the importance of this week's parliamentarian visit cannot be underestimated (被低估)" as it shows that "Taiwan is not standing alone against these threats." Van Hoof arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a six-day visit heading a delegation that includes seven other members of the Belgian parliament. Labor Minister Stressed 'No Timetable' for Opening Hotel Industry to Migrant Workers Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun is denying recent reports that the government is seeking to opening the island's hotel industry to overseas migrant workers. According to Hsu, the government currently has "no timetable" for such a move and her ministry's top priority remains the welfare of Taiwanese workers. The statement comes after it was reported the Cabinet is planning to approve a plan to allow the hiring of migrant workers in the hotel sector, possibly beginning next year, in order address an ongoing (正在進行的) labor shortage. Government data shows the hotel industry is currently facing a shortage of more than 1,000 workers. Japan Saudi Arabia to Work Together on Palestinian Crisis Japan and Saudi Arabia are agreeing to work together to address the humanitarian crisis (人道危機) facing Palestinians in Gaza. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. Liberia Presidential Election Headed for Runoff Liberia’s presidential election appears headed for a run-off, with the top candidates neck and neck (不相上下,旗鼓相當) and the votes nearly fully counted. President George Weah, who is seeking a second term, had 44% of the vote Wednesday with his main challenger Joseph Boakai at 43%, according to the National Elections Commission. A candidate needs more than 50% of the vote to win. Once the votes from this round are finalized, the run-off will take place within 15 days. The Oct. 10-th election is the tightest in the nearly two decades since the end of the West African country’s civil war that killed some 250-thousand people. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast
10/19/20236 minutes, 1 second
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EZ News 10/18/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 34-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,608 on turnover of 2.8-billion N-T. The market closed marginally (稍微地) lower on Tuesday - that, as investors opted to lock in profits almost across the board following an initial upturn after Wall Street rebounded overnight. However, the semiconductor sector brought some stability to the broader market, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing in focus ahead of an investor conference tomorrow that will offer third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance. CDC Reporting Decline in Dengue Fever Cases The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a marked (明顯的) decline in the number of new dengue fever cases for last week - with the figure dropping to below 2,000 for the first time since early September. According to the C-D-C, it recorded 1,521 local cases of the mosquito-borne disease from between October 11 and 16. That was down from the 2,527 cases reported the previous week. A majority of the new cases are still being reported in Tainan. The C-D-C has recorded a total of 17,084 local dengue fever cases and 32 deaths from the disease so far this year. Tsai Honors Presidential Culture Awards Winners And, President Tsai Ing-wen has conferred Presidential Culture Awards on five individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions (貢獻) to society. Taiwanese opera performer Liao Qiong-zhi was honored with the Arts and Culture Award. The Kavalan Development Association of Hualien County took the Community Building Award. The Humanitarian Dedication Award went to the Transasia Sisters Association. Contemporary artist Zhang Xu-zhan won the Creative and Innovation Award. While the long-running docuseries produced by Taiwan Public Television Service, "Our Island" received the Public Advocacy Award. The Presidential Culture Awards is now in its 12th year. Biden Summit with Arab Leaders Called Off US President Joe Biden's Mideast trip now faces setbacks (挫折). AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports Uganda Tourist and Guide Killed National Park Attack A wildlife official in Uganda and the police say two foreign tourists and their Ugandan guide have been killed in an attack by unknown assailants near a national park. Officials say the attackers set on fire the vehicle in which the group was traveling just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park, located in a remote (偏僻的) area of western Uganda near the Congo border, is one of the most popular conservation areas in Uganda. The Uganda Wildlife Authority and the security agencies are working “to establish who is responsible for the attack. Sweden Reports Partial Damage to Undersea Telecom Cable Sweden has reported partial damage to an undersea telecom cable in the Baltic Sea running to Estonia. Authorities believe it happened at the same time as damage to an undersea gas pipeline and telecom cable from Finland to Estonia. Finland has launched an investigation into possible sabotage after reporting the damage to its gas pipeline to Estonia last week. Sweden’s Civil Defense Minister says that the damage to the cable between Sweden and Estonia appeared to happen at the same time but that it’s unclear what caused it. He says the cable was not severed and that there was only partial damage to it. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 漢神巨蛋週年慶開跑囉! 10/12~11/7化妝品3千送3百,首四日憑聯名卡+漢神APP 全館滿1萬送5佰;精品滿2萬送1仟;家用專櫃滿1萬送1仟2 消費滿額抽瑞士14日遊、台北漢來住宿券,還有ROBINMAY聯名來店禮等你領。 查看DM https://bit.ly/3LPFtff
10/18/20236 minutes, 7 seconds
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EZ News 10/17/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 26-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,678 on turnover of 2-billion N-T. The market lost ground and closed below the 16,700-point mark on Monday, as investor sentiment was muted due concerns about Mid-East tensions and a rise in international crude oil prices at the end of last week. Investors opted to shift funds to U-S dollar-denominated assets for hedging purposes .. … while large-cap tech stocks, led by the semiconductor sector came under heavy pressure, leading the broader market to trend lower throughout the trading day. Visiting AIT Chair Praises Taiwan Defense Reforms Visiting American Institute in Taiwan Chairwoman Laura Rosenberger is reiterated Washington's pledge to help Taipei defend itself with a "full range of tools." Speaking during a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, Rosenberger said the U-S "is seizing upon the full range of tools authorized by Congress, such as Presidential Drawdown Authority and Foreign Military Financing to reach that goal." Rosenberger also praised the government's ongoing efforts to enhance (提高) the island's self-defense capabilities through initiatives that include increasing defense spending and reforming its reserve forces, conscription and mobilization systems. Rosenberger arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a five-day visit. Taipei Eying November Test Events for Dome The Taipei Department of Sports says a baseball game is being planned as a test event for the Taipei Dome. The venue is scheduled to open for trial operations next month. According to department commissioner Wang Hong-xiang, tickets for the closed-door test event in early November will be available for free. Taipei Deputy Mayor Lee Shu-chuan last week announced that the stadium had passed fire safety tests and was expected to receive its operating license in later this month. However, the sports department commissioner says the Dome is primarily (主要是) a sports venue that will be used mostly for baseball games, and future events outside of that purpose will require separate operating license applications. Ukraine: Russian Push to Take Avdiivka Slowing Ukrainian officials say a dayslong attempt by Russian forces to storm a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine appears to be running out of steam. The Ukrainian General Staff said Monday that Ukrainian forces repelled 15 Russian attacks from four directions on Avdiivka over the previous 24 hours. That compared with what another official were up to 60 attacks a day in the middle of last week, suggesting the Russian push was weakening. A Washington-based think tank broadly concurred with that assessment. As the Kremlin’s war entered its 600th day and with the looming onset of winter that will limit military operations, both sides have been seeking battlefield breakthroughs that could invigorate their efforts and raise morale. SCOTUS Orders Gun Makers to Comply on Ghost Guns From the US….. The Supreme Court has ordered makers of gun parts to comply (遵守) with rules on ghost guns. AP's Lisa Dwyer has more. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast
10/17/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 10/16/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 69-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,712 on turnover of 2.8-billion N-T. The market moved lower on the final day of last week's session as investor sentiment was muted (不熱烈的) due to higher-than-expected U-S consumer price index data for in September, raising fears that inflation in America remains a major issue. TPP and KMT Accusing Each Other for Failure to Collaborate The K-M-T and the Taiwan People's Party are criticizing each other for the failure (失敗) to reach consensus on plans for a joint opposition ticket for January's presidential election. The spat comes after K-M-T and T-P-P campaign officials held talks this past weekend aimed at exploring a possible electoral pact between the two parties as they're both seeking to remove the D-P-P from power. The T-P-P is pushing for a poll to see whether voters back either the K-M-T's Hou Yu-ih or its presidential candidate, Ko Wen-je to represent the two parties. While the K-M-T is proposing an open primary to select the candidate. Poor Air Quality in West to Last into Tomorrow And, The Ministry of the Environment says poor air quality in northern and western parts of the island is expected to last until tomorrow. The warning comes after a northeasterly monsoon began to pick-up strength on Sunday, carrying high concentrations (濃度) of pollutants from China into Taiwan proper. Monitoring stations on in Keelung, Chiayi City, and Tainan all flashed orange alerts on Sunday, mainly due to PM2.5 particulate pollution, indicating that the air quality poses a health risk to sensitive groups. People with allergies are being advised to wear face masks and avoid vigorous outdoor activities. While another wave of the northeast monsoon is forecast to arrive on Friday, rising the possibility of more poor air quality. Afghanistan Earthquake Leaves More Injuries and Deaths A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck western Afghanistan, just over a week after strong quakes and aftershocks killed thousands of people and flattened entire villages. Aid agency Save the Children said four people died in Sunday's temblor in Herat province, with the regional hospital receiving more than 150 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was about 34 kilometers outside Herat, the provincial capital, and eight kilometers deep. Earthquakes on Oct. 7 flattened villages in the province in what was one of the most destructive (破壞性的) quakes in Afghanistan’s recent history. United Nations officials say more than 90% of the people killed a week ago were women and children. Disney at 100 The Walt Disney company is 100 years old as of Monday – marking the start by brothers Walt and Roy Disney on October 16th in 1923. Caroline Malone reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 生命旅途中,總會「遇見」不同人事物,你是否想過「預見」,預先看見生命最後一站的風景呢? 衛生福利部製播出品《遇見,預見》Podcast第二季,持續邀請醫師、名人分享更多生命故事;加入大學生助理主持人,傾聽年輕人的心聲。用更生活的情境,陪伴聽眾深入想像告別現場,在生命最後一刻,更能與摯愛好好說再見。 收聽連結如下:https://solink.soundon.fm/mohwpodcast
10/16/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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EZ News 10/13/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 10-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,816 on turnover of $4-billion N-T. Kinmen set for 1st taxi fare hike in 13 years Taxi fares in outlying Kinmen County will be increased from January 1st 2024 for the first time in 13 years. The Kimen County government said it approved the increase proposed by the association of local taxi drivers due to the rising cost Each journey will charge an additional $5 NT for every 200 meters after the first 1,000 meters and for every accumulated (累積) two minutes during which the taxi travels slower than 5 kilometers per hour. The basic fare for each journey is currently $100 NT for a journey of less than 1,000 meters, with journeys at night charging 20 percent more than during the day. NKorea Calls US Carrier "Provocation" North Korea is lashing out at the arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in South Korea, calling it a provocation and again raising the specter (對於…的恐懼(或憂慮)) of using nuclear weapons to defend itself. The North's state media issued that threat today, a day after the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group arrived at South Korea’s southeastern port of Busan following a U.S.-South Korean-Japanese naval exercise in international waters earlier this week. South Korean defense officials said the carrier is to be docked at Busan for five days as part of an agreement to increase the temporary deployments of powerful U.S. military assets in response to the North’s growing nuclear program. UN Warns Gaza Situation Now Dire The World Food Programme is warning that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "dire" after Israel said it will not life its blockade of the territory until Hamas frees all the Israeli and foreign hostages that it seized (抓住) last weekend. Meanwhile, Jewish community sites worldwide are on alert after the former leader of Hamas called for Friday to be a day of jihad against Jewish targets. Our Washington Correspondent Simon Marks reports. IOC Suspends Russian Olympic Committee The Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended by the IOC for breaching the Olympic Charter by incorporating sports bodies in four regions in eastern Ukraine. Russian Olympic officials provoked (激起,引起) the dispute last week by accepting the councils in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia as its members. The suspension does not immediately affect any Russians who are returning to compete in international sporting events as neutral athletes. The Russian Olympic Committee can challenge the IOC decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 漢神巨蛋週年慶開跑囉! 10/12~11/7化妝品3千送3百,首四日憑聯名卡+漢神APP 全館滿1萬送5佰;精品滿2萬送1仟;家用專櫃滿1萬送1仟2 消費滿額抽瑞士14日遊、台北漢來住宿券,還有ROBINMAY聯名來店禮等你領。 查看DM https://bit.ly/3LPFtff
10/13/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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EZ News 10/12/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened up 27-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,699 on turnover of $4.5-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan ended more than 150 points higher on Wednesday, the first trading day after the prolonged Oct. 10 National Day holiday, amid eased fears over an aggressive Federal Reserve in the wake of war breaking out between Israel and militant group Hamas. On the back of the gains posted by tech stocks on the U.S. markets during the holiday in Taiwan, large-cap electronics stocks, in particular in the semiconductor industry, attracted strong buying throughout the session, with the financial sector also enjoying significant (顯著的) gains. Suspects wanted for helping convicted tycoon flee surrender to police Four people who allegedly helped a businessman convicted of insider trading and stock manipulation flee to the Philippines in early September have turned themselves in to the police. According to the Central News Agency, the case involves Chu Guo-rong, president of Global Funeral Service Corp., who fled Taiwan while in home confinement as he appealed his convictions to Taiwan's Supreme Court and was later listed as a wanted fugitive (通緝要犯) on Sept. 28-th. CNA quotes sources as saying that Chu's business partner and race car driver George Chou, along with the captain and two crew members of a fishing boat who allegedly helped Chu flee to the Philippines turned themselves in to the Criminal Investigation Bureau at the end of September. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Wednesday that it could not confirm or comment on details of the case as their investigation was still underway. US Biden Warns Iran After Israel Attack US President Joe Biden has given a direct warning to Iran to "be careful" following Hamas' attack on Israel. The American leader is under pressure to refreeze $6 billion in Iranian assets (資產) amid Tehran's support of the terrorist organization. Nick Harper reports from Washington. French Troops Withdraw from Niger The French military says it's begun withdrawing from Niger following the July coup when mutinous soldiers toppled (推翻) the country’s democratically elected president. More than 100 troops left in two flights from the capital on Tuesday in the first of what will be several rounds of departures between now and the end of the year. All are returning to France. Also Tuesday, Niger’s junta said it was giving the United Nations resident coordinator in Niger 72 hours to leave the country. It cited “underhanded maneuvers” by the U.N. secretary-general to prevent its full participation in last month’s General Assembly in New York as one of the reasons. Finland Investigates Gas Pipeline Leak Finnish police say they have launched a criminal investigation into possible sabotage (破壞) of an undersea gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia that was shut down over the weekend following a leak. Finland says it has started gathering evidence at the location of the leak, which was detected Sunday on the Balticconector pipeline connecting the two NATO allies. A telecommunications cable was also damaged. The purpose of the probe is to establish whether the damage to the Balticconector pipeline resulted from sabotage or an accident. Finnish authorities have already ruled out an operational mishap, saying the damage was caused by “external activity.” That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 野灣,東台灣唯一的「非營利野生動物醫院」,首次嘗試透過Podcast,帶著大家用耳朵走進這間醫院,認識醫院裡面的每一個職務,開箱野生動物保育大小事,節目於每週三更新集數! 野生動物保育,沒有人是局外人! 收聽連結: https://bit.ly/3PXj821
10/12/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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EZ News 10/11/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 47-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,567 on turnover of $4.9-billion N-T. **U.S. Stocks Rise; TAIEX Eyes Rebound ** U.S. major indices saw significant gains, with the Dow Jones rising over 600 points and NASDAQ up by 340 points. As Taiwan returns from its National Day holiday, institutional investors forecast a potential rally for the TAIEX, targeting the half-year line of 16-thousand-545 points. Amid global industry developments, the Palestinian group Hamas launched attacks on Israel, resulting in fluctuations (波動) in international oil prices. Meanwhile, the IMF adjusted Taiwan's projected annual economic growth from 2.1-percent to 0.8-percent. Upcoming company financial statements and the Middle East situation are set to be market focal points in the near future. (PB) **Taiwan office in Israel cancels National Day celebration amid war ** Taiwan's representative office in Israel cancelled its National Day reception in Jerusalem after Israel declared war following an attack by Hamas on Oct. 7th. Taiwan's representative to Israel Lee Ya-ping thanked wellwishers for the congratulatory (祝賀) messages received on National Day, and added that the office would help raise supplies for Israel. Hamas launched its largest attack ever on Israel on the morning of Oct. 7, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later declared war against the militant group. **Afghanistan Shaken By Another Strong Quake ** Another strong earthquake has shaken part of western Afghanistan where a quake on Saturday killed more than 2,000. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake Wednesday morning was about 28 kilometers outside the capital of Herat province, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earlier quake was also 6.3 magnitude and has been followed by several strong aftershocks. **US Biden Urges Rule of Law for Israel Reprisals ** US President Joe Biden has confirmed that American citizens are among those hostages being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He described the Hamas attacks on Israel last weekend as "sheer evil", and in comments at the White House backed Israel's right to take reprisals (報復). US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials. From Washington, Simon Marks reports. **Russia Defeated in Bid to Gain UN Human Rights Council Seat ** Russia has been defeated in its bid to regain a seat in the United Nations premiere human rights body by a significant majority in an election in the General Assembly, which voted last year to suspend ((因犯錯而)暫令停職) Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine. Russia competed against Albania and Bulgaria for two seats on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council representing the East European regional group. In Tuesday's secret ballot vote, Bulgaria got 160 votes, Albania got 123 votes and Russia just 83 votes. In Tuesday’s election, the only other competitive race was in the Latin America and Caribbean group where Cuba, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Peru competed for three seats. Peru lost out. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/11/20236 minutes, 24 seconds
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EZ News 2023/10/06

CWA to lift sea warning soon Lin Yu-ting wins Taiwan's first Asian Games female boxing gold U.N. says Lebanon faces one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises Russian airstrike kills 51 in Ukraine former US President Donald Trump may visit the Capitol to address Republicans as they pick a new speaker
10/6/20235 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 10/05/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 40.5-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,314 on turnover of $2.3-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan took a beating Wednesday shedding more than 180 points, as market sentiment was hit by steep losses suffered by the U.S. markets overnight and growing fears over a further rate hike by the Federal Reserve. A plunge among tech stocks on the U.S. markets sparked a sell-off in the local bellwether electronics sector as a spike in the U.S. treasury yields made those tech stocks look less attractive. **Imported American pork mislabeled ** The Food and Drug Administration, together with Taoyuan Health officials, have found that two Taoyuan frozen food businesses imported American and Canadian pork and sold it as Canada or UK-produced pork to some 90 eateries and vendors downstream. As American pork may contain additive ractopamine, many local consumers would try to avoid it. Taoyuan officials say the two business imported some 150-thousand kilograms of American pork, and most of it probably has been eaten. While the two businesses said the pork was good and met the standards, health officials say they have violated the Food Safety and Sanitation Act for mislabeling the products. The case now is in the hands of Taoyuan prosecutors, and the FDA is testing whether the remaining pork stored in the two companies contain residues (殘留物) of ractopamine. (JL) **US Trump Denies Interest in House Speaker Position ** Donald Trump has indicated that he's not interested in becoming the next Speaker of the US House of Representatives. The former President was speaking after a Republican member of Congress formally nominated him for the job, following the unprecedented ouster (史無前例的罷黜) of Kevin McCarthy earlier this week. Our US correspondent Simon Marks reports. **Red Cross Calls for Belarus Red Cross Head Ouster ** The international Red Cross is calling for the ouster of the head of the Belarus Red Cross. This comes after the Belarus Red Cross stirred international outrage for boasting (自誇) that it was actively ferrying Ukrainian children from Russian-controlled areas to Belarus. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it has given the Belarus chapter until Nov. 30 to dismiss Dzmitry Shautsou. If not, the worldwide Red Cross will recommend all affiliates to halt new partnerships and funding for the Belarus branch, which would be suspended from the global organization. Both Ukraine and the Belarusian opposition have decried the transfer of children as unlawful deportations, and there have been calls for international war crimes charges for the Belarus leader, similar to the charges against Russian President Vladimir Putin. **US Women Win Gymnastics World Championships ** Led by Simone Biles, the U.S. women have won a record seventh consecutive team title at the gymnastics world championships. The American team of Biles, Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely and Leanne Wong combined for a total of 167.729 points to edge Brazil and France. The U.S. women have won gold in the team event at every world championship that included a team competition since 2011. Their victory in Antwerp broke a tie with the Chinese men and made Biles the most decorated (授予(某人)勳章) female gymnast in history. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/5/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 10/04/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 34.86 -points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,419 on turnover of $2.97-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan came under pressure, closing below the 16,500 point mark Tuesday amid renewed fears over a hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve in the wake of a spike in American treasury yields, pointing to higher interest rates. The bellwether electronics sector, which served as a driver to a 1.24 percent increase on the main board on Monday, reversed its previous gains and moved lower, sending the broader market into negative territory. **(10AM)Slowmoving Koinu Rim Soon to Reach Huadong Area ** The Central Weather Administration says the outer rim of Typhoon Koinu will soon reach the Hua-dong area. The CWA says the slow-moving storm is currently centered about 270 kilometers east of Cape Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost point, and was moving in a westerly direction at 11 km per hour. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kph with gusts of up to 191 kph. The CWA's land warning currently covers 15 cities and counties across the center, east and south, as well as parts of the north. Forecasters expect the storm to continue moving in a westerly direction, and predict that the eye of the storm will pass over the Taitung area, and into the Bashi Channel tomorrow. (NS) **Thai Shooting Suspect Explains Shooting to Police ** The teenage suspect arrested following a deadly gun rampage (狂暴行為) in a luxury Bangkok mall told police someone was telling him to shoot others. Two people were killed and five others were wounded in the shooting. Patrick Fok reports. **Italy Bus Crash Leaves Dead and Injured ** Italian authorities say at least 21 people have been killed and 18 injured in a bus crash near Venice. Local officials say the bus was carrying foreign tourists, including Ukrainians. The crash happened Tuesday when the bus fell from an elevated (高架) street just northwest of Venice. City officials say the bus was bringing tourists to a camping site. Local media reports say the bus fell a few meters before crashing close to railroad tracks, where it caught fire. Multiple emergency crews are at the scene. **Mexico Signs Agreement with Sea Sheperd to Proect Vaquitas ** The conservation group Sea Shepherd says it has signed an agreement with Mexico to help expand the protection area for the endangered vaquita porpoise. Sea Shepherd helps the Mexican Navy to remove illegal gill nets that drown the vaquita, the world's most endangered marine mammal. Sea Shepherd said Tuesday that the expansion (擴張) will increase the area work it works in the Gulf of California by about 60%. The Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is the only place where the vaquita lives. As few as ten vaquitas remain. They cannot be held or bred in captivity. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/4/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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EZ News 10/03/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 37-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,520 on turnover of $3.9-billion N-T. **U.K. commissioner visits Taiwan to strengthen trade ties ** The newly-appointed U.K. trade commissioner for Asia Pacific is visiting Taiwan. The British Office Taipei says Martin Kent is currently in Taiwan for a 5-day visit to broaden (擴大) trade and investment links between the U.K. and Taiwan. The office says the main purpose of his visit is to meet with the International Trade Administration under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs and prepare topics for the 26th annual U.K.-Taiwan Trade Talks due to take place in London in November. In addition, the commissioner will meet with Taiwan's chief trade negotiator, Minister without Portfolio John Deng, to continue talks on the U.K.-Taiwan Enhanced Trade Partnership announced earlier this year. And the office says during his visit, Kent will also meet with key representatives of U.K. businesses in Taiwan to understand local market opportunities, as well as key Taiwanese companies, including China Airlines and silicon wafer supplier GlobalWafers, to explore collaboration. **Taiwan tennis star Hsieh's father dies at age 70 ** Hsieh Tzu-lung, the father of Taiwanese professional tennis star Hsieh Su-wei, died Sunday at his home at the age of 70, according to a friend of his wife. Hsieh's mother disclosed (透露) the news on Monday through the friend, saying that he died peacefully. Hsieh Tzu-lung had seven children, all of whom except for the oldest were tennis players. Su-wei is the most accomplished of them, with six Grand Slam titles in women's doubles. UN Security Council approves sending a Kenya-led force to Haiti There could soon be an international boost on the ground to help combat (對付) the violence in Haiti. AP's Lisa Dwyer reports ((Wrap)) **Brazil Amazon Dolphins Die Due to Drought and High Temp ** More than 100 dolphins have died in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in the past week due to a severe drought, and many more could be affected if water temperatures remain high. A research group of Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, said two more dead dolphins were found on Monday in the region around Tefe Lake, which is key for mammals and fish in the area. Thousands of fish have also died, according to local media. Experts believe high water temperatures are the most likely cause of the deaths. The Brazilian government said last week it had sent teams of veterinarians and aquatic (水棲的) mammal experts to investigate the deaths. **NZ Early Voting Begins in Election ** Early voting has begun in New Zealand for the nation’s Oct. 14-th general election, with conservative contender Christopher Luxon casting his ballot. Early voting also began on Monday in some parts of Australia in a referendum on the Indigenous people's “Voice” in Parliament. The measure would enshrine in Australia’s constitution a mechanism (體制) for Indigenous people to advise Parliament on policies that affect their lives In New Zealand, the campaign of Prime Minister Chris Hipkins faced a setback on Sunday when he tested positive for COVID-19. He said he's isolate for five days or until he returned a negative test. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/3/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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EZ News 10/02/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened 29-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,383 on turnover of $2.6-billion N-T. **Typhoon Koinu Strengthens ** Weather experts warns that Typhoon Koinu is gaining strength, posing a heightened threat as it nears Taiwan. The typhoon is expected to have the most impact between Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasts indicate a significant chance of rainy weather starting tomorrow afternoon, continuing through the weekend. A meteorologist also mentions the possibility of the typhoon turning northward, further impacting Taiwan. The Central Weather Administration says the storm is currently about 860 kilometers southeast of Cape Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost point. It's moving northwest at 13 kilometers per hour. A sea warning is expected to be issued as early as Tuesday morning, with a land warning likely for later in the same day. Residents are advised to stay updated and take necessary precautions (預防措施) for heavy rain and unstable weather conditions. (PB) **CPC Taiwan Freezes Gas Prices in October to Help Stabilize Living Costs ** The CPC Corporation has announced that gas prices will remain unchanged in October. This decision affects household barrel-packaged gas, industrial propane, butane, mixed propane-butane, and automotive liquefied petroleum gas. The move is part of an effort to stabilize the cost of living, in line with government policy. Although calculations suggested that the price per kilogram should increase by 5 NT, CPC will temporarily absorb (吸收) this cost. The company notes that the total absorbed amount stands at 20 NT per kilogram and may be adjusted in the future if international prices drop. (PB) **Turkey Warplanes Hit Kurdish Rebel Targets ** The Turkish defense ministry says its warplanes have carried out raids on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq following a suicide attack on a government building in the Turkish capital. A ministry statement said Sunday that some 20 targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were “destroyed” in the aerial operation, including caves, shelters and depots (倉庫). Earlier, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near an entrance of the Interior Ministry, injuring two police officers. And government officials say a second assailant was killed in a shootout with police Sunday. A news agency close to the PKK said the group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. **Serbia Denies Military Buildup Near Kosovo ** Serbia is denying reports of a troop buildup (積聚、累積) near Kosovo. AP correspondent Mimmi Montgomery reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > **UN to Vote on Authorizing Deployment ot Haiti ** The U.N. Security Council is scheduling a vote for today on a resolution that would authorize a one-year deployment of an international force to help Haiti quell a surge in gang violence and restore security so the troubled Caribbean nation can hold long-delayed elections. The U.S.-drafted resolution obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday welcomes Kenya’s offer to lead the multinational security force. It makes clear this would be a non-U.N. force funded by voluntary contributions (貢獻). The resolution would authorize the force for one year, with a review after nine months. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
10/2/20236 minutes, 12 seconds
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EZ News 09/28/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 20-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,331 on turnover of $2.2-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex recouped early losses to close slightly higher on Wednesday, despite heavy losses on Wall Street overnight, as investor interest in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and select artificial intelligence development-related stocks rebounded (彈回). The main board moved in narrow range for most of the trading session, but bargain hunters turned active late in the trading day, to push the Tai-Ex past the 16,300 point mark by the closing bell. **1,600 Additional Teaching Assistants to be Recruited by 2027 ** The Ministry of Education says an additional 1,600 teaching assistants will be hired to work at schools islandwide between 2024 and 2027. According to Education Minister Pan Wen-chong, the move is aimed at facilitating (促進) a better learning environment for students with additional needs. Pan says the plan is in line with amendments to the Special Education Act, which was passed in May to reduce the pressure on those working in education and to ensure reasonable salaries. The education minister says his office has earmarked 1.1-billion N-T in next year's budget to recruit the new assistants. Pan is also touting what he says is the government's promotion of "inclusive education" for students with additional needs to help them attend regular classes and ensure their welfare. **NKorea Leader Calls for More Nuclear Weapons ** North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for an exponential increase in production of nuclear weapons and for his country to play a larger role in a coalition of nations confronting (面對、對抗) the United States in what he described as a “new Cold War.” State media say Kim made the comments during a two-day session of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament which amended (修正的) the constitution to include his policy of expanding the country’s military nuclear program. The Supreme People’s Assembly meetings came after Kim traveled to Russia this month on a trip that sparked Western concerns about a possible arms alliance in which North Korea would provide Russia with munitions for its war on Ukraine in exchange for advanced weapons technologies. **ChatGPT Update Includes Current Info Access ** ChatGPT users will now be able to access (取得) up to date information from the internet. Previously, the popular chatbot hadn't been able to use information produced after September of 2021. Ira Spitzer has more from San Francisco **IMF: Sri Lanka Progress Not Enough for 2nd Tranche ** The International Monetary Fund says that Sri Lanka has so far failed to make enough progress in boosting tax collection and other economic reforms sought by the IMF. The progress is needed in order for the IMF to release a second tranche (一份,一部分) of $330 million in the country’s $2.9 billion bailout from bankruptcy. An IMF team has concluded a visit to the island this week. The organization says in a report that discussions would continue on an agreement on how to keep up the momentum of financial reforms, and to unlock the second installment of funding. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 新鮮事、新奇事、新故事《一銀陪你聊“新”事》 第一銀行打造公股銀行首創ESG Podcast頻道上線啦 由知名主持人阿Ken與多位名人來賓進行對談 邀請您一起落實永續發展 讓永續未來不再只是想像 各大收聽平台搜尋:ㄧ銀陪你聊新事 https://bit.ly/44ZTTQV
9/28/20236 minutes, 8 seconds
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EZ News 09/27/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally lower this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,273 on turnover of 1.4-billion N-T. The market took a beating on Tuesday to close at a four-month low amid investor concerns about a spike in U-S treasury yields. Rising interest rates made tech stocks on the local main board less attractive, and investors opted to dump (甩賣,) those stocks for U-S dollar denominated assets throughout the trading day. **Government to Raise Child Care Subsidies to Boost Birth Rate ** Premier Chen Chien-jen says the government plans to raise child day care allowances by at least 1,500 N-T per month starting next year. The move is part of government efforts to boost Taiwan's fast declining birth rate. According to the premier, subsidies (補貼、補助金) for parents with children under the age of 3 attending public care centers will be increased to 7,000 N-T per month. Those using publicly subsidized private day care centers or home babysitting services will receive 13,000 N-T a month. Chen says additional child day care subsidies will also be offered to parents with two or three children and those from low-income or lower-middle-income families. **CDC Confirms 3 More Dengue Fever Deaths as Cases Surpass 10,000 ** The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed three more dengue fever-related deaths - bringing the total number of such fatalities so far this year to 15. The confirmation comes as the number of domestic cases of the mosquito-borne disease islandwide have now surpassed 10,000. Most the cases have been reported in Tainan. And figures show of the total number of 10,496 cases recorded this year, 9,463 have been in Tainan. A joint CDC-central government task force has been operating in Tainan since September 18 in an attempt (試圖) to bring an end to the outbreak. **Iraq Wedding Fire Leaves 100 Dead ** A fire that raced through a hall hosting a Christian wedding in northern Iraq killed at least 100 people and injured 150 others, and authorities warn the death toll could rise higher. The fire happened in Iraq’s Nineveh province, some 300 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad. There was no immediate official word on the cause of the blaze but initial (最初的) reports by the Kurdish television news channel Rudaw suggested fireworks at the venue may have sparked the fire. Iraq's prime minister has ordered an investigation into the fire and asked the country's Interior and Health officials to provide relief **US Congress Puts Forward ShortTerm Spending Bill ** Members of U.S. Congress have put forward a short-term spending proposal to try and avoid a government shutdown (政府停擺、政府關門). Late on Tuesday, Senators voted on what's called a 'continuing resolution' which they could send to the House later this week, to vote on before a September 30th deadline. Caroline Malone reports from Washington. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【AD】 Johnnie Walker XR21年 蘇格蘭威士忌,淬鍊21年以上 使用三維立體工藝,珍稀·調和·喚醒陳釀 造就多層次細膩風味與醇厚酒體 是您聚會送禮最佳首選https://www.xr21.johnniewalker.com.tw/3stagecraft/ 【禁止酒駕,未滿18歲禁止飲酒】 【本文內容涉及酒類產品促銷訊息,請勿轉發分享給未達法定購買年齡者】
9/27/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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EZ News 09/26/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 11-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,440 on turnover of 1.6-billion N-T. The market gained more than 100-points on Monday, as the bellwether electronics sector continued to rebound from previous sessions after tech stocks on Wall Street showed signs of stabilizing (穩定) at the end of last week. However, turnover was limited as many investors remained cautious ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend holiday, while foreign institutional investors sold a net 3.08-billion N-T worth of shares on the main board during the session. **Tsai Hoping to Deepen Trade and Energy Cooperation with UK ** President Tsai Ing-wen says she believes that "there is more room for Taiwan and the U-K to deepen (深化) cooperation in areas such as trade and energy." The comments come as Tsai has been holding talks with visiting U-K Trade Envoy to Taiwan Richard Faulkner. Faulkner arrived in Taiwan last week for trade talks and to attend the 18th UK-Taiwan Renewable Energy Conference in Taipei. Speaking during a meeting with the U-K trade envoy, Tsai touted the opening of official talks on the Taiwan-UK Enhanced Trade Partnership in July, and cited Faulkner's strong support for that agreement. The agreement focuses on energy and net-zero emissions, and digital trade. **Premier Touts More Funding for Firefighters ** Premier Chen Chien-jen says the Cabinet plans to allocate an additional 8-billion N-T for the island's fire service. According to the premier, the additional funding will be used to purchase new equipment and protective gear. The premier is also insisting (堅持、強調) that the Tsai administration is "fully committed to protecting the rights of all firefighters." The statements comes days after the deadly fire at a golf ball factory in Pingtung, which left four firefighters dead. Opposition lawmakers are calling for the government to provide fire departments with new generation firefighting robots and new fire hoses with enhanced range and water capacity. There are also calls for the government to allow firefighters to be unionized. **Japan SKorea, China Eye Resuming Trilateral Talks ** Japan, South Korea, and China are holding high-level talks on Tuesday to discuss resuming trilateral leader summits. Deputy foreign ministers from the three countries are meeting in Seoul to pave the way for the annual talks which haven’t been held since 2019. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. **Bahrain Officer Soldier Killed by Drone Attack ** Bahrain's military command says a drone attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels killed a Bahraini officer and soldier who were patrolling Saudi Arabia’s southern border. The statement, carried by the official Bahrain News Agency, says “a number” of Bahraini soldiers were also wounded in Monday's attack, without elaborating. The island nation of Bahrain is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, which has been at war with the Iran-aligned (結盟) Houthi rebels for several years. A cease-fire had largely stopped the violence, and the two sides have appeared close to a peace agreement in recent months. It was unclear if the attack would derail those efforts or prompt retaliation by Saudi Arabia and its allies. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/26/20236 minutes, 7 seconds
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EZ News 09/25/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from Friday's close, at 16,345 on turnover of 2.5-billion N-T. The market ended the trading day higher on Friday, as other regional markets finished the day mixed following a broad retreat on Wall Street overnight on the back of concerns over more possible interest rate hikes in America. **More Diplomatic Allies Speak-Up for Taiwan at UN ** Three more diplomatic allies have spoken up in support of Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations system during the on-going General Debate at the 78th General Assembly. The prime minister's of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as Belize's foreign minister all made similar appeals (懇求,訴請) in their respective addresses in New York. It means that 11 of Taiwan's 13 diplomatic allies have so far voiced their support for allowing Taiwan to participate in the U-N system during this year's General Assembly. The Vatican is scheduled to speak later today, but only has observer status at the U-N and rarely speaks on political issues. While Haiti's prime minister, Ariel Henry, spokes on Friday, and focused on the continuing unrest in his country in his address and did not touch on Taiwan this year. **Competitor Dies at Annual Sun Moon Lake Swimming Festival ** A 25-year-old man participating in the Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival has died. According to the Nantou County Government, the man fell ill soon after entering the water and signaled distress (危難), about 100-meters into the annual 3,000-meter swimming competition across the lake. Emergency service personnel pulled the man out of the water, but he was pronounced dead at the Puli Christian Hospital. Officials say the man didn't drown and the cause of his cause of death was still under investigation. The event has been held annually since 1983 and this year drew more than 24,000 competitors from 33 countries. **France to End Military Presence in Niger ** President Emmanuel Macron says France will end its military presence in Niger and pull its ambassador out of the country now that its democratically elected president has been deposed (廢黜的) in a coup. France has maintained some 1,500 troops in Niger since the July coup and refused a request by the new junta for its ambassador to leave. But with tensions mounting, Macron says he told the ousted President Nohamed Bazoum on Sunday that “France has decided to bring back its ambassador. He also says France is ending its military cooperation with Niger. French troops have pulled out of neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in recent years after coups there. France had stationed thousands of troops in the Sahel region at the request of African leaders to fight Islamic extremist groups. **NASA Collects First Asteroid Sample in Space ** The first asteroid sample collected in space by US Space Agency, NASA, has arrived on Earth. Scientists say the asteroid, Bennu, could tell us more about how life began. They're also keen (渴望的) to learn more about it as there's an outside chance (微弱的可能性) it could hit Earth in the next 300 years. Kate Fisher reports That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【AD】 Johnnie Walker XR21年 蘇格蘭威士忌,淬鍊21年以上 使用三維立體工藝,珍稀·調和·喚醒陳釀 造就多層次細膩風味與醇厚酒體 是您聚會送禮最佳首選https://www.xr21.johnniewalker.com.tw/3stagecraft/ 【禁止酒駕,未滿18歲禁止飲酒】 【本文內容涉及酒類產品促銷訊息,請勿轉發分享給未達法定購買年齡者】
9/25/20235 minutes, 53 seconds
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EZ News 09/22/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 49-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,267 on turnover of $4.1-billion N-T. The market tumbled on Thursday, as investors reacted to rate hike-related comments by the U-S Federal Reserve following the conclusion of its policymaking meeting. The bellwether electronics sector led the downturn on the back of heavy losses suffered by tech stocks on Wall Street overnight, as a spike in U-S treasury yields made interest rate sensitive stocks less attractive. **MOA Says Future Government Egg Imports to be Packaged in Country of Origin ** The Ministry of Agriculture says any future state-funded egg import programs will give preference to eggs packaged and washed in their country of origin. The policy comes amid ongoing controversy over the government program used to import 145 million eggs from overseas suppliers between March and July to alleviate a domestic shortage. The program has come under criticism after incidents in which imported eggs were labeled with the wrong expiration date or country of origin, as well as the agriculture ministry's admission (承認) that 54-million of the eggs were sent to be destroyed after expiring in storage. However, agriculture officials are continuing to defend the program - saying that it was largely successful in easing the egg shortage without affecting prices in a way that could harm local producers. The ministry is also insisting that no imported eggs were sold past their expiration, while any remaining eggs that have not yet expired will be distributed to food processors, rather than being sold fresh. **UN seeks to turbocharge SDGs ** Members of the United Nations are convening (召集) to set the groundwork for a summit it hopes can reinvigorate the multilateral system. The goal is to create a transformative pact ahead of next year's UN General Assembly. William Denselow reports from UN headquarters in New York. **UK Booker Prize Finalists Announced ** Novels from Ireland, the United States, Canada and Britain that explore families, communities and a world in crisis make up the six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. The shortlist announced Thursday for the $61-thousand US dollar award includes Canadian author Sarah Bernstein, U.S. writer Jonathan Escoffery and fellow American Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Paul Harding. Also on the list are Irish writers Paul Lynch and Paul Murray and British writer Chetna Maroo. James Shapiro, a member of the judging panel, said many of the books reflect the “grim (嚴厲的,殘忍的,) times” we live in. The winner of the 2023 Booker Prize will be announced Nov. 26 at a ceremony in London. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/22/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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EZ News 09/21/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 59-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,475 on turnover of $4.3-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex extended losses from the previous session on Wednesday, to close below the 16,600 point market, as investor interest remained muted (被抑制的; 不熱烈的) ahead of the conclusion of this week's policymaking meeting of the U-S Federal Reserve. Market watchers say the bellwether electronics sector led the broader market lower, as foreign institutional investors opted to move to the sell side and cash in on profits in futures. **World Leaders Gather for UN Climate Ambition Summit ** World leaders have pledged to invest billions of dollars to keep climate change under control. Many have gathered in New York for the Climate Ambition Summit, taking place during the United Nations General Assembly. But some leaders have been criticized (被批評) for failing to show up. Sally Patterson reports from the UN headquarters. < [CLIP] Slug: > **UK PM Delaying Ban on Gas and Diesel Cars ** Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he’s delaying by five years a ban on new gas and diesel cars that had been due to take effect in 2030. The move is among measures that water down green pledges the U.K. has made. Sunak says Britain remains committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, but in a way that won’t “impose unacceptable costs on hard-pressed (遭受強大壓力的) British families.” The announcement has angered green groups, opposition politicians and large chunks of U.K. industry, but has been welcomed by some in the governing Conservative Party who are against the expense of switching to renewable energy. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/21/20234 minutes, 51 seconds
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EZ News 09/20/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 9-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,626 on turnover of 3-billion N-T. The market lost ground on Tuesday after coming off an earlier high, as investors opted to lock-in gains from the bellwether electronics sector. Many investors also appeared reluctant (不情願的) to chase prices, as they await the outcome of this week's policymaking meeting by the U-S Federal Reserve. **MOEA Keeps Electricity Rates Unchanged, but Lifts Freeze for 880 Businesses ** The Ministry of Economic Affairs says it's keeping average electricity rates unchanged for now. However, it will be lifting the freeze on rates for around 880 businesses from October 1. Tai-Power says the end of the price freeze (價格凍結) could generate roughly 1.6-billion N-T in revenue. The statements follow a meeting of the ministry's price review committee. And according to the economics ministry, the average power rate currently remains at 3.1154 N-T per kilowatt-hour. **Black Hawk Helicopters to Perform Double Ten Flyover Rehearsal ** The National Day preparatory committee says UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters will perform flyover (低空飛行) rehearsals for this year's Double Ten Day over the Presidential Office this week. According to the committee, early-morning rehearsals will take place tomorrow and Saturday to ensure the flyover during the National Day celebrations "proceeds smoothly." Flyover training exercises involving other aircraft slated to take part in the Double Ten Day celebrations will be conducted on September 28 and October 4th. **Zelensky Urges Unity Against Russian Aggression ** Ukraine's President has urged (力勸) the international community to be united in the face of Russian aggression. William Denselow reports from UN headquarters in New York. **Israeli Military Raids Leave 3 Dead in West Bank ** Palestinian health officials say at least three people have been killed in an Israeli military raid in the northern West Bank. They say some 30 others were wounded in Tuesday's operation in the Jenin refugee camp. The Israeli military is providing few details, though it says it carried out a rare drone strike. Palestinian health officials reported numerous casualties from Israeli gunfire. The identities of the dead were not immediately known. **Argentina Applauds ESMA World Heritage Site Designation ** Argentina is celebrating a decision by a United Nations conference to include a former clandestine detention and torture center as a World Heritage site. A UNESCO conference in Saudi Arabia agreed to include the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory in the list of sites “considered to be of outstanding value to humanity,” marking a rare instance (實例) in which a museum of memory related to recent history is designated to the list. The former Navy School of Mechanics, known as ESMA, housed the most infamous illegal detention center that operated during Argentina’s last military dictatorship that ruled from 1976 through 1983. It now operates as a museum and a larger site of memory, including offices for government agencies and human rights organizations. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 想做電商的你要注意!無照販售藥品、醫材罰款百萬起;化妝品廣告誇大不實、宣稱療效、誤導消費者,最高可罰五百萬!快來瞭解怎麼做才不違規! https://drmarketingstudio.pse.is/藥品醫療器材廣告宣導
9/20/20236 minutes, 10 seconds
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EZ News 09/19/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened opened up 8-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,706 on turnover of 2.6-billion N-T. The market tumbled more than 200-points on Monday, to close below the 16,700 point mark, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing came under pressure following heavy losses for tech stocks on Wall Street at the end of last week. While investor sentiment also remained cautious ahead of a two-day policymaking meeting of the U-S Federal Reserve, which is slated to begin today. **French Senator Olivier Cadic on 3rd Visit to Taiwan ** French Senator Olivier Cadic has arrived in Taiwan for a four-day visit to meet with senior government officials. Cadic is the vice-president of the French Senate's permanent committee on foreign affairs and defense issues. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cadic's agenda includes a visit to the Ministry of Digital Affairs to discuss issues concerning Indo-Pacific politics, democracy, human rights, and digital and information security. The senator will also be meeting with French business representatives and expatriates (外籍人士) in Taiwan. It's Cadic's third visit to Taiwan and the fourth by a French parliamentary delegation this year. **Central Bank Expected to Leave Interest Rates Unchanged ** The central bank is expected to leave its key interest rates unchanged at its quarterly policymaking meeting later this week due to eased inflationary pressures. Economists say the bank is likely to keep it rates unchanged on Thursday and again its next policymaking meeting in December, unless the local consumer price index growth surpassed (超過) the 3-per cent mark again. The central bank raised rates by 75 basis points to combat inflation beginning in March of last year, with the discount rate currently set at 1.875 percent. It chose to keep rates unchanged at its last policymaking meeting in mid-June, but the rates remain at an eight-year high. **Canada Expels Indian Diplomat Amid Activist Slaying ** Canada is expelling (驅逐) a diplomat from India as it investigates India's possible link to the death of a Sikh activist. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. **Libya Facing Disease Outreak Post Flooding ** Officials are warning that a disease outbreak in Libya’s northeast, where floods have killed thousands, could create “a second devastating crisis” as adults and children fell ill from contaminated (受汙染的) water. The mission said the World Health Organization sent 28 tons of medical supplies to the devastated country. Libyan officials say at least 150 people suffered diarrhea after drinking contaminated water in Derna, and at least 55 children got sick after drinking polluted water in Derna. **Guatemala Protests for PresidentElect ** Thousands of indigenous supporters have protested in Guatemala City to defend Guatemala’s president-elect as government prosecutors seek to ban his political party. Many of the protesters carried banners or chanted slogans demanding the resignation of government officials who have sought (尋求)to prosecute Bernardo Arevalo and ban his Seed Movement party. Protesters threatened to keep demonstrating until the efforts against Arevalo are stopped. Arevalo won the Aug. 20 presidential runoff in a landslide, but prosecutors have continued pursuing multiple investigations related to the registration of Arevalo’s Seed Movement party, and alleged fraud in the election. International observers have said that's not supported by evidence. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 9月是交通安全月,南投縣長許淑華提醒駕駛朋友們接近路口前減速 ,注意周遭人車,停讓行人先過。 行人請在安全地點停等,遵守號誌且秒數足夠再通過,過馬路不分 心,並注意聽車輛警示音。 ⚠️車輛慢看停 行人安全行⚠️ https://bit.ly/47KeJ9s 本廣告由南投縣政府提供
9/19/20236 minutes, 28 seconds
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EZ News 09/18/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 26-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,893 on turnover of 3.3-billion N-T. The local main board traded higher on Friday, as other regional markets moved into positive territory, after China's central bank eased the reserve requirements for banks and chip designer Arm Holdings' I-P-O on the Nasdaq boosted investor optimism. **Electricity Price Freeze Expected to End for 880 businesses ** The Ministry of Economic Affairs' electricity price review committee is expected to end a freeze on electricity rates for over 800 businesses. Tai-Power says the freeze is likely to be ended during a meeting of the price review committee later today. The economics ministry raised power prices for industrial consumers by 15-per cent in July last year and by 17-per cent in April of this year. However, the ministry did not increase rates for businesses in the cinema, gym, department store, and catering (餐飲業、酒席承辦) and restaurant sectors, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic demand. **MOEA Set to Budget NT$800 million to Develop Advanced IC Processes ** The Ministry of Economic Affairs is set to budget around 800-million N-T to subsidize smaller domestic I-C designers in the development of processes below 28 nanometers. The amount constitutes (構成) part of the 5.2-billion N-T the ministry is set to receive next year as part of a semiconductor industry innovation project proposed by the National Science and Technology Council. The Industrial Development Bureau says the funding aims to help domestic smaller I-C designers develop advanced I-C processes due to expected competition from China. **NY Thousands Take Part in Climate March ** Thousands of people took to the streets of New York on Sunday demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels (化石燃料) and for the U.S. to show greater leadership in the fight against climate change. Jody Jacobs reports from New York. < [CLIP] Slug: > **UN to List Jericho as World Heritage Site in Palestine ** A U.N. committee has voted to list prehistoric ruins near the ancient West Bank city of Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine. The decision Sunday angered Israel, which controls the territory and does not recognize a Palestinian state. Jericho is one of the oldest continually inhabited (有人居住的) cities on earth, and is in a part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank that is administered by the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority. The listing refers to the Tell es-Sultan archaeological site nearby, which contains prehistoric ruins dating back to the ninth millennium B.C. and is outside the ancient city itself. The decision was made by the U.N. World Heritage Committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 擁有多台愛車可申請牌照稅稅單歸戶,繳納更便利! 以手機條碼儲存雲端發票、載具歸戶及設定領獎帳戶,中獎機會多更多!歡迎下載【統一發票兌獎APP】 加入中市稅輕鬆FB,獲得更多訊息: https://www.facebook.com/taichungtax 以上為臺中市政府地方稅務局廣告
9/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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EZ News 09/15/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 2-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,810 on turnover of $2.6-billion N-T. The market gained more than 200-points on Thursday, as investor interest in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing rebounded from previous session. Renewed investor interest in T-S-M-C came after the company issued a record cash dividend of 3 N-T per share for its first-quarter earnings - and that led to a rally across the broader market. **Control Yuan Censures Taipei Prison ** The Control Yuan has censured the Taipei Prison for its mistreatment of some inmates. According to the government watchdog, it is demanding the Ministry of Justice review surveillance systems in all correctional facilities islandwide. The move comes after it opened an investigation into the prison following complaints filed by some inmates earlier this year. The Control Yuan says that investigation found that some prisoners were subject to abuse by prison employees, while other correctional officers turned a blind eye to the mistreatment. The abuse included handcuffing, beating and pepper spraying. Control Yuan member Gao Yong-cheng says some of the incidents resulted in injuries to the inmates, and some of them were coerced (脅迫的) by correctional officials into signing a document stating that they had not been injured. The investigation also found that the surveillance cameras in the prison were compromised by numerous blind spots. **EU Countries to Keep Sanctions on Iran ** Britain, France and Germany have announced that they will keep their sanctions on Iran related to the Mideast country’s atomic program and its development of ballistic missiles. The measures were to expire in October under a timetable spelled out in the now defunct (不復存在的) nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The three European allies known as E3 had helped negotiate the nuclear deal. In a joint statement on Thursday, they said they would retain their sanctions in a “direct response to Iran’s consistent and severe (劇烈) non-compliance” with the accord. Iran has violated the sanctions by developing and testing ballistic missiles and sending drones to Russia for its war on Ukraine. **Dominican Republic Closes Borers with Haiti ** The Dominican Republic’s president has announced he will close all borders with neighboring Haiti starting today in a dispute over a canal on the Haitian side that would divert water from a border river. His announcement signals that last-minute talks between the countries have failed to head off the closure (關閉). President Luis Abinader says air, sea and land borders will remain shuttered “until necessary.” It is a rare move for the Dominican Republic, and could hit economies in both countries, though it will be most acutely (嚴重地) felt in Haiti. The closure is a response to the excavation of a canal by a farming group on the Haitian side that targets waters from the Massacre River. **NASA UFO Report Finds No Evidence of Alien Activity ** A UFO sightings report from the US space agency has found no evidence of alien activity in relation to a number of unexplained phenomena. However, Nasa could also not rule out the possibility of the existence (存在) of other life forms. US correspondent Nick Harper reports. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【AD】 Johnnie Walker XR21年 蘇格蘭威士忌,淬鍊21年以上 使用三維立體工藝,珍稀·調和·喚醒陳釀 造就多層次細膩風味與醇厚酒體 是您聚會送禮最佳首選 https://bit.ly/3RowWUr 【禁止酒駕,未滿18歲禁止飲酒】 【本文內容涉及酒類產品促銷訊息,請勿轉發分享給未達法定購買年齡者】
9/15/20236 minutes, 4 seconds
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EZ News 09/14/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened flat this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,581 on turnover of 2.3-billion N-T. The market closed almost flat on Wednesday as early gains were eroded amid investor caution ahead of the release of August's U-S consumer price index. The bellwether electronics sector came off a high as "Apple concept stocks" came under pressure, despite the U-S electronics giant unveiling the latest iPhone 15 series overnight, while buying switched to select old economy stocks. **Presidential aspirant Terry Gou announces running mate ** Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. founder and aspiring (有抱負的) presidential candidate Terry Gou has announced veteran singer-actress Lai Pei-hsia as his prospective running mate for Taiwan's 2024 election. Gou introduced Lai at a press conference at 8:35 a.m. and touted her experiences in communication skills, adding that her female perspective will be beneficial (有利) for him to promote gender equality. Due to a lack of party affiliation, Gou still needs to collect signatures from about 290,000 people between Sept. 19 and Nov. 2 to make it onto the ballot, according to rules set by the Central Election Commission. Gou is required to register his independent candidacy with the CEC no later than Sept. 17 before his campaign can begin the signature drive. Should Gou make it onto the ballot, he will face the DPP candidate and Vice President Lai Ching-te, as well as the KMT's New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih and the TPP Chairman Ko Wen-je. **FDA Grants EUA for Updated Moderna COVID Vaccine ** The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for Moderna's updated coronavirus vaccine. According to F-D-A Deputy Director Chen Hui-fang, the Spikevax XBB.1.5 vaccine will be rolled out here in Taiwan by the end of this month. An expert panel has approved the vaccine for those aged over six months during a review meeting. The Centers for Disease Control is expected to take delivery of a batch of 2-million doses of the vaccine in the coming days. Health officials will then spend a week inspecting (檢查) and label the shots before making them available to the public. The first jabs will be made available to people aged 65 and over. **Central EU Countries Call to Maintain Ukraine Grain Ban ** Central European countries say they will ban Ukrainian grain imports if the EU doesn't extend its existing restrictions, which are set to expire (到期) on September 15. Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland are concerned that a flooding of the market with cheaper Ukrainian products will bring down their own grain prices, hitting domestic producers. Pablo Gutierrez reports from Budapest. **UN Imprisoned Reporter Family Calling for his Freedom ** The father of imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich is calling on world leaders meeting at the United Nations next week to stand up for freedom of the press and urge Russia to release him. Mikhail Gershkovich came to U.N. headquarters with his wife and daughter at the invitation of U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday to spotlight his son’s nearly six months in a Russian prison on charges of espionage, which the Journal’s lawyers call “patently (明顯地) false.” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield urged all U.N. member nations “to join this call for Evan’s release, and the release of all those who have been wrongfully detained.” That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- K6「一無是處的人生」首次個人專場 — 演出資訊 K6劉家凱出道近20年的首次個人專場,借劇場空間結合樂團形式,呈現他的人生歌單與《太棒了!我一無是處的人生》專輯曲目。 場地:水源劇場 時間:11/4(六)19:30、11/5(日)17:00 票價:1500(全座席、自由入座) 9/20(三)12:00 啟售,售票請洽OPENTIX! https://bit.ly/45NOs8T
9/14/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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EZ News 09/13/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,578 on turnover of 1.5-billion N-T. The market staged a technical rebound on Tuesday on the back of increased investor interest in semiconductor stocks follow a rise on Wall Street overnight sparked by a more than 1-per cent increase on the tech heavy Nasdaq. **MND Releases Latest Defense Paper ** The Ministry of National Defense has released its first national defense report since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the report, the island's armed forces are learning from the war in Europe, and are boosting the asymmetrical warfare capabilities and adopting a whole-of-society approach in preparation for a potential cross-strait conflict. The military notes that as is being seen in the Russia-Ukraine war, China is also deploying hybrid warfare to target Taiwan through both military coercion (強迫) and non-traditional threats, including cyber and cognitive warfare. And the report says the military is responding to those actions by upholding its long-held "resolute defense and multi-domain deterrence" strategic guidance, and continuing to beef up its asymmetrical warfare capabilities in the face of a much stronger opponent. **Court Rejects Taipei's Initial Request to Freeze Kee Tai Assets ** The Taipei District Court has rejected a request by the Taipei City government to freeze 61.96-million N-T in assets (資產) belonging to Kee Tai Properties. The city government submitted the request to the court on Sunday, days after underground excavation work at a Kee Tai construction site in the Dazhi neighborhood caused one building to partially collapse and six others to incline to one side. According to the court, it chose to reject the request as Kee Tai is a publicly-traded company with authorized capital of 5-billion N-T, and has already agreed to transfer 100-million N-T into a fund for the affected households. **US Vows Support for Libya ** US President Joe Biden has promised emergency funds (資金) for Libya, after severe flooding killed an estimated 5,000 people. Thousands of people are still missing, with parts of some cities completely destroyed. Nick Harper reports from Washington. **Russian Warplane Crash ** The Russian military has announced that one of its warplanes crashed during a training mission in southern Russia without specifying the fate of its crew. The Defense Ministry says the Su-24 bomber went down Tuesday in an unpopulated area in the Volgograd region and rescue helicopters were deployed to the site. The ministry says that the aircraft wasn’t carrying any weapons. It didn’t say what might have caused the crash that caused no casualties or damage on the ground. The Russian air force has suffered a string of crashes that some observers have attributed to (將(某種狀況)歸屬於) a higher number of flights amid the fighting in Ukraine. **Simona Halep Suspended for Doping ** Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been suspended (暫令停止參加活動) from professional tennis for four years for doping violations. The International Tennis Integrity Agency says the 31-year-old Romanian “committed intentional anti-doping rule violations” by failing a drug test during the 2022 U.S. Open and for irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport. Halep had been provisionally suspended since October 2022. The four-year ban will run to Oct. 6, 2026. She plans to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【AD】 Johnnie Walker XR21年 蘇格蘭威士忌,淬鍊21年以上 使用三維立體工藝,珍稀·調和·喚醒陳釀 造就多層次細膩風味與醇厚酒體 是您聚會送禮最佳首選 https://bit.ly/3RowWUr 【禁止酒駕,未滿18歲禁止飲酒】 【本文內容涉及酒類產品促銷訊息,請勿轉發分享給未達法定購買年齡者】
9/13/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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EZ News 09/12/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,433on turnover of 2-billion N-T. The market extended losses from a session earlier on Monday, as it fell more than 140 points on the back of a sell-off in artificial intelligence development-related stocks. Selling was seen across the main board, as investors remain concerned over the upcoming release of U-S consumer price index data for August later this week. **Premier Stresses "No Plans to Demolish CKS Hall" ** Premier Chen Chien-jen says the government currently has no plans to demolish (拆除) the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei as part of its ongoing transitional justice efforts. However, Chen says the Tsai administration remains focused on removing symbols of authoritarianism. The statement is in response to a opinion piece published by Liberty Times in which members of a Cabinet-level task force claimed the government has "little political will" to remove the memorial site. According to the premier, the government firmly believes that the removal of symbols of authoritarian regimes is an major aspect of its pursuit of transitional justice, and a task force is studying ways to re-purpose the memorial hall. **University Makes Second Successful Research Rocket Test ** Researchers at the Tamkang University have conducted a successful test flight of a research rocket. It marks the second successful launch by the university from the Xuhai rocket test site in Pingtung County since it became operational in 2022. According to the Taiwan Space Agency, the scientific research rocket was named "Jessie" - after a Pokemon character - and its launch validated (驗證) its payload and structural design, which incorporates composite materials. The single-stage rocket is fueled by an R-N-X composite propellant, known for its stability and safety. It's hoped it will be able to reach an altitude of 4.2-kilometers. **NKorean Leader Departs for Russia ** The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “in the coming days”. State media in North Korea has confirmed that Kim departed (離開) Pyongyang for Russia on a private train on Sunday. Chris Gilbert reports. **Sweden to Increase Military Spending ** The Swedish government wants to increase the country's defense budget by 28% as it prepares to join the NATO alliance. The increase would put Sweden on track (有望成功、在正軌上) to reach NATO's target for military spending to be 2% of a country's gross domestic product. Sweden’s center-right coalition government unveiled a defense bill Monday and said the defense budget will be increased by $2.4 billion. About $63 million will be spent on Sweden’s future membership of NATO. Sweden and neighboring Finland sought protection under the NATO security umbrella after Russia invaded Ukraine last year. Finland joined earlier this year but Sweden is still waiting. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/12/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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EZ News 09/11/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from Friday's close, at 16,579 on turnover of 2.2-billion N-T. The market closed lower on Friday as Apple concept stocks came under pressure on the back of reports that China plans to expand (擴張) restrictions on the use of iPhones in government offices and state-backed entities dealers said. And while the bellwether electronics sector led the downturn, buying in the financial sector helped the local main board offset the impact of escalating trade tensions between the United States and China, **Kee Tai and Taipei City Government Reach Consensus on Response to Building ** Collapse Kee Tai Properties and the Taipei City government have reached an initial agreement to help people affected by the partial collapse of a building in the city's Dazhi neighborhood. A total of 442 people from 201 households have had to be evacuated pending safety inspections and that figure includes 25 people who will need to be temporarily rehoused after their homes suffered severe (劇烈) structural damage. News of the agreement comes after Kee Tai Properties C-E-O Feng Hsien-mien had been facing criticism for his failure to make any public statement since the incident occurred last Thursday. Kee Tai has agreed to create a 100-million N-T fund for the purposes of disaster relief and to cover the costs of building restoration and temporarily resettling displaced residents. The company has also promised to "fully cooperate" in the reconstruction of the damaged buildings, regardless of whether the work is carried out by Kee Tai or Taipei's Urban Regeneration Office. **Lee Hong-chi's "Love Is a Gun" Wins Best First Feature Award at Venice ** Festival Director Lee Hong-qi's debut movie "Love Is a Gun" has been awarded the prize for best first feature at the Venice International Film Festival. The award makes Lee the first Taiwanese director to score a win in the debut (首次亮相) category at the annual film festival. Lee was also the scriptwriter and lead actor in the movie that tells the story of a a young man who, upon being released from prison, discovers that he cannot escape his past. It's the first time a Taiwanese film has won an award at the Venice International Film Festival since 2013. **US Biden Visit Enhances Vietnam Ties ** US President Joe Biden, visiting Vietnam, is praising the newly-enhanced (增進) relationship between the two countries – once at war. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. **Subject: E*Sudan Drone Attack Kills Dozens in Khartoum ** Sudanese activists and a medical group say at least 43 people have been killed in a drone attack on an open market south of the capital, Khartoum. They say more than 55 others were wounded in the attack Sunday and were transferred to a hospital. Sudan's military and a powerful rival paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces, have been battling for control of the country since mid-April. The paramilitary group blamed the military’s air force for Sunday’s attack. It wasn't immediately possible to independently verify (核實) the claim. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/11/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 09/08/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 9-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,610 on turnover of $2.5-billion N-T. **Work Halted at Taipei Construction Site After Tilting ** Work has been halted at a Taipei construction site, after nearby residential buildings began to tilt (傾斜), and one partially collapsed into the ground. The damage began last night, as Taipei city police and firefighters received reports of 5 to 6 apartment buildings adjacent to the construction site in Zhong-shan District, tilting to one side. Through the night and into this morning, nearly 200 households were evacuated as a precaution, affecting over 350 residents. There were also reports that the 1st floor of one of the buildings has already collapsed down into the ground, as other buildings showed cracks on the walls, bent metal window covers, and broken glass. Kee Tai Properties states that it will not shirk its responsibilities and will provide plans to aid affected residents. (NS) **ASEAN Touts Peace but Little Progress ** Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for establishing southeast Asia as a theatre of peace and inclusiveness (包容性) in his closing remarks at the ASEAN summit in Jakarta. But the bloc is widely seen to have failed in solving critical issues including tensions in the South China Sea and conflict in Myanmar. Patrick Fok reports. **Mali Islamic Insurgent Attacks Leave Dozens Dead ** Two attacks by Islamic insurgents in the restive north of Mali have killed 49 civilians and 15 government soldiers. The provisional death toll given by the country’s military junta was read on state television. A passenger boat near the city of Timbuktu on the Niger River and a Malian military position in Bamba further downstream in the Gao region were targeted. The statement said the attacks have been claimed by Islamic extremist insurgent group JNIM, an umbrella coalition of armed groups aligned with (與…結盟) al-Qaida. **UN Report Gives Grim Picture of Gender Equality ** The United Nations says in a report that the U.N. goal of achieving gender equality by 2030 is impossible to achieve because of deeply rooted biases against women around the world in health, education, employment and the halls of power. UN Women and the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in “The Gender Snapshot 2023” report launched Thursday that “active resistance to gender equality and chronic under-investment are key factors in slow progress and, in some cases, reversals (倒退) of gains already made.” It also pointed to “unequal access to sexual and reproductive health, unequal political representation, economic disparities and a lack of legal protection." The report assessing the progress for women in achieving the 17 U,N. goals for 2030 warned hat the continuing failure to make the achievement of gender equality a priority will put the achievement of all 17 goals “in peril.” That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/8/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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EZ News 09/07/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 23-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,715 on turnover of $2.5-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed lower after coming off earlier highs as tech heavyweights gave up their earlier gains in the wake of a lackluster performance on the U.S. markets overnight,. Market sentiment stayed cautious as investors anxiously waited for the release of the U.S. August consumer price index for a better guess about the next move the Federal Reserve will make in its monetary policy **Taiwan military to showcase new Indian Challenger motorcycles at base ** opening Taiwan's Military Police is scheduled to debut its newly purchased heavy motorcycles in an upcoming military base opening event later this month. The Military News Agency announced Wednesday that the Taipei-based 202nd Military Police Command's Quick Response Company will showcase its new Indian Challenger motorcycles at the Sept. 24 opening of the army base in Hukou Township, Hsinchu County. The MNA report said the company will hold a round of motorcycle performances during the opening event, which is expected to be attended by tens of thousands of civilian participants. The 202nd Military Police Command's Quick Response Company is the only military unit in Taiwan equipped with heavy motorcycles. The military police said the motorcycles are highly mobile (可動的,移動式的), explaining that a rider would be able to hold a locally developed Kestrel anti-armor rocket and get to where they need to be much quicker than on other military vehicles. **NKorea: China VicePremier to Visit for Founding Anniversary ** North Korea says a Chinese delegation led by Vice-Premier Liu Guozhong will visit the country to help celebrate the North's 75th founding anniversary, which is on Saturday. The report in state media today didn't say how the Chinese delegation would be participating in the anniversary events or say if the delegates would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The report came amid speculation (猜測) that Kim will visit Russia soon for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such a meeting could involve discussions of North Korean arms sales to refill Russian reserves drained by its war on Ukraine. **Trump trial in Georgia ** The judge overseeing the Georgia case that accuses former President Donald Trump and others of illegally trying to overturn (翻倒) the 2020 election in the state… has denied requests by two of the 19 defendants to be tried alone, Prosecutors say the trial would take four months and include approximately 150 witnesses. Ed Donahue reports. **Mexico Removes Federal Penalties for Abortion ** Mexico’s Supreme Court has thrown out all federal criminal penalties for abortion. The sweeping ruling issued Wednesday declared that national laws prohibiting the procedure are unconstitutional and violate women’s rights. The high court ordered that abortion be removed from the federal penal code (刑法). The decision will require the federal public health service and all federal health institutions to offer abortion to anyone who requests it. Some 20 Mexican states, however, still criminalize abortion. While judges in those states will have to abide by the court's decision, further legal work will be required to remove all penalties. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 加倍享受不必忍受,夜間代謝大躍進! 全能天后楊丞琳連續3年強力推薦! 只要睡前2顆【Simply新普利超級夜酵素】, 輕鬆幫助入睡、躺平照樣高代謝, 全台康是美販口碑熱銷中! 線上買: https://bit.ly/47Xz8rD
9/7/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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EZ News 09/06/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 5-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,796 on turnover of $2--billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan closed after little change throughout the day as the U.S. market remained closed for Labor Day, providing no direction to the local main board. Contract chipmaker TSMC and the major stocks related to artificial intelligence development reversed course following a brief surge Tuesday, offsetting the gains made by other tech stocks during the trading session. **Taiwan Eswatini Sign Three MOUs ** President Tsai Ing-wen has overseen the signing of three MOUs with diplomatic ally Eswatini. The President arrived in Eswatini yesterday, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Kingdom of Eswatini, as well as the 55th anniversary of Eswatini's independence. And after her arrival, she met with Eswatini's King Mswati III, and witnessed the signing of the bilateral agreements on supporting women's entrepreneurship, assisting Eswatini in building oil storage tanks for emergency oil reserves (儲備), as well as a "Sister City Agreement" between Kaohsiung and Mbabane. That agreement sees Kaohsiung sharing its experience in developing the information and technology industry, as well as increase cultural and educational exchanges. (NS) **China Rejects Offer to Join Fukushima Water Testing ** China is rejecting an offer by Japan to join an international framework to test the radiation levels at the Fukushima nuclear wastewater discharge (釋放) site. Beijing, which strongly opposes the water release, banned all seafood imports from Japan last month., Chris Gilbert reports. **Saudi Arabia Russia Extend Oil Production Costs ** Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend their voluntary oil production cuts through the end of the year. The dual announcements from Riyadh and Moscow on Tuesday said the two countries would trim (減少) 1.3 million barrels of crude out of the global market. Their move pushed benchmark Brent crude above $90 a barrel in afternoon trading, a price unseen in the market since November. It could increase costs for motorists at gas stations and put new pressure on Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States. President Joe Biden warned Saudi Arabia last year there would be unspecified “consequences” for the kingdom partnering with Russia on cuts as Moscow wages war on Ukraine. **Brazil Announces Financial Support for Reducing Deforestation ** In a bid to slow down deforestation in the Amazon, Brazil will provide financial support to municipalities that have reduced deforestation rates the most. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change during the country’s Amazon Day. The new program will invest up to $120 million in technical assistance. The money will be allocated based on the municipality’s performance in reducing deforestation and fires, and must be invested in land titling (土地所有權), monitoring and control of deforestation and fires, and sustainable production. The money will come from the Amazon Fund, which has received more than $1.2 billion, mostly from Norway, to help pay for sustainable development of the region. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 9月是交通安全月,南投縣長許淑華提醒駕駛朋友們接近路口前減速 ,注意周遭人車,停讓行人先過。 行人請在安全地點停等,遵守號誌且秒數足夠再通過,過馬路不分 心,並注意聽車輛警示音。 ⚠️車輛慢看停 行人安全行⚠️ https://bit.ly/47KeJ9s 本廣告由南投縣政府提供
9/6/20236 minutes, 1 second
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EZ News 09/05/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 6-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16.784 on turnover of 2.3-billion N-T. Shares in Taiwan rose by more than 140 points Monday to close above the 16,700 mark amid eased fears over an aggressive Federal Reserve after the United States reported a cooling job market. The bellwether electronics sector regained its footing, led by large-cap semiconductor stocks, with contract chipmaker TSMC, driving a solid upturn on the main board in the wake of the gains posted by their counterparts on the U.S. markets at the end of last week. **CWB Ends Sea Warning for Haikui ** The Central Weather Bureau has ended its sea warning for Haikui. The CWB ended the warning at 8:30am, as the storm continued to weaken (削弱) into a tropical depression, as it moves west over China. Forecasters say weather conditions across the island today should remain relatively clear with occasional rainfall. And northern and southern regions should remain on alert for afternoon thundershowers. The CWB says from September 2nd until 8am today, Haikui brought over 1-thousand-111 milimeters of accumulated rainfall over parts of Hualien County, and 725 milimeters of rainfall over Taipingshan in Yilan County. (NS) **Subject: E*Japan PM Announces Fnd for Exporters Hit by Wastewater Release ** **Return to **Table of contents Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced a $141 million emergency fund to help exporters hit by a ban on Japanese seafood imposed by China in response to the release of treated radioactive wastewater from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The discharge (釋放) of the wastewater into the ocean began Aug. 24 and is expected to continue for decades. Japanese fishing associations and groups in neighboring countries have strongly opposed the release, and China immediately banned all imports of Japanese seafood. **Sunak says he's not to blame for school concrete crisis ** British lawmakers have headed back to Parliament after their summer break but thousands of U.K. children won’t be returning to their classrooms this week. Their schools are at risk of collapse from crumbling (粉碎) concrete. The UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says it's wrong to blame him for the escalating crisis surrounding unsafe concrete material in English schools. This comes after accusations that Sunak had ignored a report finding the concrete in some buildings presented a "critical risk", and cut the school repair budget when he was finance minister. Julia Chapman reports. **Australia Rescues Ill Man at Antarctic Base ** Authorities in Australia say an Australian who fell ill at a remote Antarctic base is returning home on an icebreaker following a daunting mission to rescue him. The man was working at the Casey research station when he suffered from what authorities described as a developing medical condition that needed specialist (專家) assessment and care. Officials say the icebreaker left Australia last week and traveled south more than 3,000 kilometers, breaking through sea ice to reach a location 144 kilometers from the base. From there, two helicopters were deployed from the deck on Sunday and arrived at the base after nearly an hour to rescue the man. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 【AD】 Johnnie Walker XR21年 蘇格蘭威士忌,淬鍊21年以上 使用三維立體工藝,珍稀·調和·喚醒陳釀 造就多層次細膩風味與醇厚酒體 是您聚會送禮最佳首選 https://bit.ly/3RowWUr 【禁止酒駕,未滿18歲禁止飲酒】 【本文內容涉及酒類產品促銷訊息,請勿轉發分享給未達法定購買年齡者】
9/5/20236 minutes, 17 seconds
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EZ News 09/04/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 50-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,700 on turnover of $1.7--billion N-T. **Haikui Causes 44 Injuries Across Taiwan ** Emergency officials say Severe Tropical Storm Haikui has caused dozens of injuries, as well as damage across much of eastern Taiwan. The Central Emergency Operation Center says the storm left 44 people injured, mostly in Taitung, Tainan and Hualien. Other damage included hundreds of uprooted roadside trees, as well as damaged roads. Haikui has been hovering in waters about 50 kilometers west-northwest of Tainan, moving west-northwest at a speed of 9-km per hour. The storm decreased in size and now has a radius of 150-kilometers, but still covers Taitung, Hualien, and all areas south of Taichung. Officials say the outer periphery (外圍) of the storm will continue to bring heavy rain to much of Yilan and Hualien, and the precipitation is expected to ease somewhat heading into the evening. (NS) **Taitung Households Still Without Power ** In related news….. Over 10-thousand households and businesses in Taitung remain without power this morning. Local officials say more than 50-thousand users lost power yesterday, and after emergency repairs by TaiPower crews, around 13-thousand still do not have access to electricity services. The severe tropical storm also brought strong winds and heavy rain to the region, with 7 townships recording accumulated (積累) rainfall of near 400 milimeters. Officials also say over 20 roadside trees were uprooted, but Taitung's famed bishop wood in Chishang Township remains standing, despite suffering some broken branches. (NS) **Israel migrant riots ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants Eritrean migrants involved in a violent clash (衝突) in Tel Aviv to be deported immediately and has ordered a plan to remove all of the country’s African migrants. His remarks came a day after bloody protests by rival groups of Eritreans in south Tel Aviv left dozens of people injured. Laurence Brooks has this report. **SKorea President to Stresses Sanctions on NKorea at ASEAN Meeting ** South Korea’s president says he’ll tell world leaders about the need to faithfully enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea when they converge in Indonesia and India for annual summits this week. President Yoon Suk Yeol is to visit Jakarta to attend a series of summits scheduled alongside a meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders. He'll travel on to New Delhi for a summit of the Group of 20 leading economies. In written responses to questions from The Associated Press, Yoon says during the G20 summit, he'll stress the need to block North Korea's cyber hacking and other illicit (非法的) activities that fund its weapons programs. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 9月是交通安全月,南投縣長許淑華提醒駕駛朋友們接近路口前減速 ,注意周遭人車,停讓行人先過。 行人請在安全地點停等,遵守號誌且秒數足夠再通過,過馬路不分 心,並注意聽車輛警示音。 ⚠️車輛慢看停 行人安全行⚠️ https://bit.ly/47KeJ9s 本廣告由南投縣政府提供
9/4/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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EZ News 09/01/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 6-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,641, on turnover of $2.2-billion N-T. **Cabinet signs off on public sector AI guidelines ** The Cabinet has signed off on new guidelines for the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) within the public sector. Drafted by the National Science and Technology Council, the guidelines indicate that public sector workers using generative AI must have any outputs evaluated by an assigned party for potential (潛在的) risks. The guidelines also state that government agencies must not solely depend on the output of generative AI or its unverified content for administrative actions or official decision-making. In addition, the guidelines require disclosure when generative AI is employed as a tool for official tasks. Moreover, users are expected to adhere to regulations concerning information security, personal data protection and copyright, under the guidelines. **40 Taiwanese youth ambassadors to visit Saint Lucia for 10 days ** The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is set to send 40 "youth ambassadors" to Saint Lucia this month. The youth ambassadors received two weeks of training under MOFA's annual program, and will visit the Caribbean allied nation for 10 days to promote friendship between the two countries. According to MOFA, the ambassadors, all of them Taiwan nationals aged 18-35 who are still undergraduate or graduate students, were selected because of their good command of English, special talents in the performing arts, or outstanding skills in cooking. **Canada Updates US Travel Advisory for LGBTQ+ ** Canada has updated its travel advisory (旅遊警示) to the U.S., warning members of the LGBTQ+ community that some American states have enacted laws that may affect them. The country’s Global Affairs department did not specify which states, but is advising travelers to check the local laws for their destination before traveling. A department spokesperson says "Since the beginning of 2023, certain states in the U.S. have passed laws banning drag shows and restricting the transgender community from access to gender-affirming care and from participation in sporting events”. Asked about the travel advisory change this week, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said travel advisories are based on advice from professionals in the department whose job it is to monitor for particular dangers. She did not say whether her government had discussed the matter with its U.S. counterpart. **US Pledges Funds for Auto Workers ** The Biden administration has pledged more than 12 billion dollars to help US automakers retrofit (改造) existing facilities as they transition to electric vehicle production. The move comes as auto workers threaten to go on strike. Ira Spitzer reports **India Economy Grows 7.8Percent ** India’s economy has clocked up growth of 7.8% in the first quarter of the current financial year, mainly due to good performance by the agricultural and financial sectors. The World Bank says India is one of the fastest-growing economies of the world and is poised (作好準備的) to continue on this path. However, the manufacturing sector growth slowed to 4.7% during the quarter from April to June, compared to 6.1% in the same period last year. The World Bank said India's real gross domestic product growth is likely to moderate to 6.3% this year from an estimated 6.9% in the last financial year. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 9月是交通安全月,南投縣長許淑華提醒駕駛朋友們接近路口前減速 ,注意周遭人車,停讓行人先過。 行人請在安全地點停等,遵守號誌且秒數足夠再通過,過馬路不分 心,並注意聽車輛警示音。 ⚠️車輛慢看停 行人安全行⚠️ https://bit.ly/47KeJ9s 本廣告由南投縣政府提供
9/1/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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EZ News 08/31/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **U.K. parliamentary report describes Taiwan as 'independent country' ** Taiwan's government has welcomed a new report from the U.K. parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, which stated Taiwan is "already an independent country." The report included Taiwan in its "countries" section, describing it as possessing "all the qualifications for statehood" bar "greater international recognition." According to Committee Chairperson Alicia Kearns of the ruling Conservative Party, the report is the first from a U.K. parliamentary committee to make such statements relating to Taiwan's sovereignty. Meanwhile, the committee report called on the U.K. to develop deterrence diplomacy - building up resilience and defense in order to deter malicious (惡意的) actors - and to use this to protect the self-determination of the people of Taiwan. According to the Central News Agency, MOFA spokesman Jeff Liu says Taiwan welcomed the report's support for Taiwan's international participation, and will continue to do its best to enhance deeper cooperation with the United Kingdom on various fronts for the prosperity of both countries. **New feature on Taipei Metro app makes meet-ups easier ** A new feature on the Taipei Metro mobile app will make it easier for passengers to find each other. The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation says the "train meet-ups" feature on the Taipie MRT Go app allows passengers to share their train information with friends and acquaintances (相識的人) via social media apps. Passengers are required to enter the car number and door number which are located near the door inside each car before sharing a message, which allows the app to locate the train on a real-time MRT map for message recipients. They are then notified near which door in which car the sender is located, so they can wait at the correct spot on the platform, or alternatively find each other if on the same train. The app is currently only available in Mandarin. **N Korean missiles fall short of Japan EEZ ** North Korea says ballistic missiles it fired on Wednesday were part of a tactical nuclear drill. The DPRK launched two projectiles towards the Sea of Japan which fell short of (沒達到) Japanese waters. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo. **Canada Bees Spilled on Road ** And from Canada…. Police in the city of Toronto warned drivers to keep their car windows closed after a truck spilled (灑) crates carrying five million bees onto a road. Pedestrians were also asked to avoid the area just west of the city, where the accident occurred. Regional police said they received a call Wednesday morning local time reporting the bee crates had come loose from a truck and spilled onto the road. About an hour after police put out a notice on social media, several beekeepers were in touch with police offering to help. Six or seven beekeepers eventually arrived at the scene. By around 9:15 a.m., police said most of the five million bees had been safely collected and the crates were being hauled away. Some crates had been left behind for the uncollected bees to return to them on their own. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
8/31/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 2023/08/30

Tsai Admin. Lobbying for United Nations Inclusion Ahead of General Assembly 31 Indicted in im.B Fraud Case 10 Drugs Targeted for US Medicare Price Negotiations Japan Could Take China to WTO over Seafood Import Ban Oher Lawyers Seeking School Records Related to the "The Blind Side"
8/30/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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EZ News 08/29/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 19-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,528 on turnover of 1.9-billion N-T. The market closed slightly higher on Monday as large-cap semiconductor stocks lent support to the broader market, despite the lose of early gains amid lingering (揮之不去) concerns over global inflationary pressure. However, artificial intelligence development-related stocks came under pressure, which capped the upturn on the main board - that, after Nvidia shares tumbled more than 2-per cent on Wall Street at the end of last week. **KMT Describe's Gou's 2024 Decision as "Deeply Regrettable" ** The K-M-T is describing Terry Gou's plans to run as an independent candidate in January's election as being "deeply regrettable (遺憾的)." In a statement released hours after Gou announced his decision, the K-M-T accused the Hon Hai founder of "reneging on an earlier promise" to help its presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih win the 2024 election. The K-M-T also warned that party members who publicly show support for Gou's presidential bid will be subject to disciplinary measures. However, the party went on to say that it hopes that Gou will return to the K-M-T fold one day and join "mainstream efforts to unseat the D-P-P." **Premier Touts Aims Build NT$1 trillion Biotech Industry ** Premier Chen Chien-jen says the government plans to transform the local biotech sector into "Taiwan's next industry" with the aim of generating (產生) 1-trillion N-T in production value. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Bio Taiwan Committee, Chen said the Cabinet plans to integrate government resources to map out appropriate policies and laws to boost the speed of the sector's growth. According to Chen, the government is seeking to establish biotech industrial clusters by encouraging more startups to join the sector and attracting more foreign companies to enter the local market. **NKorea Kim Calls for Battle-Ready Military ** North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has called for his military to be constantly ready for combat to thwart (阻撓) plots to invade his country, as he accused the U.S. of conducting “more frantic” naval drills off the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. and South Korean militaries are holding joint summer exercises that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal. The allies have insisted the drills are defensive in nature. The report said Kim made the remarks in a speech marking Navy Day on Monday. Kim has been pushing to expand his nuclear arsenal and introduce new weapons systems. He said the navy would become a component of his “nuclear deterrence,” which suggests it would get new nuclear-capable missiles. **Study: Voice Assistance Apps Not Reliable in Emergency ** A new study finds that you don’t want to rely (依賴) on voice assistance apps in the event of a medical emergency. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. ((opens with actuality)) That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 現在加入【鉅亨買基金】:https://bit.ly/3qEd4kU 輸入優惠碼:LOVE 定期定額 終身0手續費 開戶成功 再送單筆0手續費券 最高14筆 一起陪孩子累積財富 為好日子提早做準備! 本公司經主管機關核准執照字號為110金管投顧新字第008號
8/29/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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EZ News 08/28/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 17-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,498 on turnover of 2.8-billion N-T. The market took a beating on Friday, tumbling almost 290-points, as large-cap electronics stocks led the downtrend following heavy losses suffered by the tech sector on Wall Street overnight. That decline came ahead of a speech by U-S Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell - during which he warned that America's central bank may still need to increase interest rates to further slow inflation. **Taipei Mayor to Travel to Shanghai Tomorrow ** Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an will be leading a delegation to attend this year's Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum tomorrow. Chiang will stay in Shanghai for three-days and along attending the forum (論壇), he will hold talks with officials in the city on issues related to environmental protection and childcare. Chiang is also expected to visit Shanghai's Cheng-Huang Night Market Snack Street and meet with Taiwanese business owners in the city. This year's forum is being held under the theme of "new trends, new development." Taipei and Shanghai are expected to forge agreements promoting cooperation on carbon reduction, sustainability, the exhibition sector, and badminton. **Taiyen Urges Against Fukushima Panic Buying ** Taiyen Biotech is urging the public not to panic buy salt following Japan's release of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. The call comes after the release of the treated radioactive wastewater sparked (觸發) panic buying in China and South Korea. The island's largest salt producer is reassuring the public that it has an ample supply and is stressing that "panic buying is unnecessary." Taiyen says salt supplies remains normal, despite the upcoming Ghost Festival driving up demand in recent weeks, and it is able to cope with extra demand. **Russia Wagner Leader Killed in Plane Crash ** Russian authorities are confirming that the head of the Wagner Group mercenary fighting force was killed in a plane crash last week. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. ((Wagner is pronounced VAHG’-nur)) **Myanmar Orders East Timor Diplomat to Leave ** Myanmar’s military government has ordered East Timor’s diplomat to leave the country in retaliation for the East Timorese government holding meetings with Myanmar’s main opposition organization. A Foreign Ministry statement says East Timor has conducted (進行) engagements with Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government, which views itself as the country’s legitimate administration after the military seized power from the democratically elected government in 2021. East Timor's charge d’affaires is believed to be the first foreign diplomat expelled (被驅逐) from Myanmar since the army takeover. Many countries have downgraded their relations with Myanmar and left behind the No. 2 diplomat in place of ambassadors. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 中元普渡免煩惱,家樂福~一次買足!拜拜三牲組合,雞豬魚不可少,還有各式熟食、零食點心,家樂福給你傳遍遍!會員來家樂福,8/25-29 量販店單筆消費滿2000元,超市店單筆滿888,通通9折!優惠倒數,手刀搶購! https://bit.ly/3OvHhe3
8/28/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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EZ News 2023/08/25

現在加入【鉅亨買基金】:https://bit.ly/3qEd4kU 輸入優惠碼:LOVE 定期定額 終身0手續費 開戶成功 再送單筆0手續費券 最高14筆 一起陪孩子累積財富 為好日子提早做準備! 本公司經主管機關核准執照字號為110金管投顧新字第008號 -- 中元普渡免煩惱,家樂福~一次買足!拜拜三牲組合,雞豬魚不可少,還有各式熟食、零食點心,家樂福給你傳遍遍!會員來家樂福,8/25-29 量販店單筆消費滿2000元,超市店單筆滿888,通通9折!優惠倒數,手刀搶購! https://bit.ly/3OvHhe3 ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- CDC Wraps-Up Deadly Amoeba Monitoring Tropical Storm Saola Could Bring Periodic Showers from Next Week Songshan Airport Reports 3-Minute Blackout Wall Street falls ahead of Powell speech London Zoo Weigh-In
8/25/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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EZ News 2023/08/24

現在加入【鉅亨買基金】:https://bit.ly/3qEd4kU 輸入優惠碼:LOVE 定期定額 終身0手續費 開戶成功 再送單筆0手續費券 最高14筆 一起陪孩子累積財富 為好日子提早做準備! 本公司經主管機關核准執照字號為110金管投顧新字第008號 -- 中元普渡免煩惱,家樂福~一次買足!拜拜三牲組合,雞豬魚不可少,還有各式熟食、零食點心,家樂福給你傳遍遍!會員來家樂福,8/25-29 量販店單筆消費滿2000元,超市店單筆滿888,通通9折!優惠倒數,手刀搶購! https://bit.ly/3OvHhe3 ----以上訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- Tsai Attends 1958 Kinmen Artillery Bombardment Memorial CDC Reporting First Locally Acquired Typhoid case of 2023 Prigozhin Dead in Plane Crash Authorities in Hawaii Seeking DNA Samples Tankers Collide in Suez Canal
8/24/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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EZ News 08/23/22

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened marginally higher this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,440 on turnover of 2-billion N-T. The market gained ground on Tuesday, as artificial intelligence development-related stocks led the market higher following a surge in Nvidia shares on Wall Street overnight. The bellwether electronics sector served as the main driver for the day's gains. However, the upturn was capped amid lingering investor concerns about the 10-year U-S treasury yield, which some say could make electronics stocks less attractive. Former Miaoli County Magistrate Quits KMT and Throws Support Behind Gou Former Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang has announced that he's quit the K-M-T and will now be supporting Terry Gou's possible run for the presidency. Hsu's resignation comes only days before a deadline set by the party for him to explain why he's been urging supporters not to vote for the K-M-T's Hou Yu-ih, was due to expire (到期). The former Miaoli County Magistrate has been critical in recent weeks of the K-M-T for choosing Hou has its presidential candidate and has also been accusing the K-M-T of corrupted by "backdoor politics" and of "failing to resonate with the general public." **CDC Reporting Second Dengue Fever Death as Local Cases Continue to Climb ** The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the second dengue fever-related death this year. According to the C-D-C, a woman in her 80s from Yunlin County died on August 15 after being hospitalized for several days with dengue fever-related symptoms. Confirmation of the death comes as the number of domestic dengue fever cases are continuing to rise. The C-D-C says as of August 21, it had recorded 2,135 domestic cases so far this year and that number includes 556 new cases reported in 10 administrative areas (行政區). Most of the new cases are continuing to be reported in Tainan. **Report: Canada Wildfire Made Worse by Climate Change ** A group of scientists has found that climate change caused by humans has made Canada's wildfire season significantly (顯著地,相當數量地) worse. The country is currently experiencing its worst fire season on record. Ira Spitzer reports. **Pakistan Cable Car Rescue ** Army commandos using helicopters and a makeshift chairlift rescued eight people from a broken cable car as it dangled hundreds of meters above a canyon in Pakistan. Authorities said the rescues were completed late Tuesday in a remote, mountainous part of the country. The six children and two adults became trapped when a cable snapped (斷) while they were crossing a river canyon. The children were on their way to school. Video from the final rescues showed a handful of people hanging from a cable as they were pulled to safety through a stand of trees to a waiting crowd. Villagers frequently use cable cars to get around Pakistan’s mountainous regions. But the cars are often poorly maintained. Officials say they've ordered safety inspections of the country’s cable cars and chairlifts. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____.
8/23/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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EZ News 08/22/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 48-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,429 on turnover of 4.4-billion N-T. The market closed flat on Monday after giving up most of its early gains ahead of Nvidia's release of its latest financial results at an investor conference scheduled for Wednesday in California. Investor sentiment was also negatively affected by concerns over the U-S Federal Reserve's rate hike cycle, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell is set to address the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Friday. **MOA to Take China Mango Import Suspension to WTO ** The Ministry of Agriculture says it plans to take China's decision to suspended imports of mangoes from Taiwan to the World Trade Organization. The statement comes after Beijing announced that it had suspended imports of mangoes following the detection of an agricultural pest in recent shipments. The agriculture ministry is slamming the suspension of mango imports -describing it as being "unwarranted (毫無根據的、不合理的) and out of step with international trade standards." Agriculture officials say China's import ban is unlikely to have any major economic impact, as Taiwan has only exported 2.2-per cent of its total mango crop this year. **MOFA Congratulates Guatemala' President-Elect ** The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is congratulating Bernardo Arevalo on his victory in Guatemala's presidential election. According to the ministry, it has informed Guatemala's president-elect that Taiwan will seek to strengthen cooperation and exchanges with his incoming government, based on the shared values of democracy and freedom. The foreign ministry is "lauding" Guatemala for holding a successful election and Taiwan's embassy in Guatemala City sent an official letter of congratulations to Arevalo's camp after it declared victory in Sunday's runoff election. Speaking in July, Arevalo said he would not switch (轉變) diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing if elected, despite his being favor of improving trade relations with China. **Japan to Release Fukushima Wastewater as soon as Aug24 ** The Japanese government says treated and diluted (經稀釋的) radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will be released into the ocean as early as Thursday. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the final go-ahead at a meeting Tuesday of the Cabinet ministers involved in the plan. He instructed the plant's operator to being the release Thursday if weather conditions permits. It comes more than 12 years after nuclear meltdowns at the plant caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami. The water has been accumulating since then and will be released over decades. **US Biden Faces Criticism for Hawaii Response ** Joe Biden has visited the Hawaiian island of Maui, almost two weeks after deadly wildfires there killed more than hundred people. The US President has faced criticism (批評) for not traveling to Hawaii sooner. **Swiss ZeroDegree Isotherm Level Reaches Highest Altitude ** The Swiss weather service says a heat wave has driven the zero-degree Celsius level to its highest altitude since recordings on it in Switzerland began nearly 70 years ago. MeteoSwiss says the zero-degree isotherm level reached 5,298 meters above sea level over Switzerland overnight Sunday to Monday. All of Switzerland’s snow-capped Alpine peaks had air temperatures exceeding (超過) zero Celsius, where water freezes. That raises prospects of a thaw. A MeteoSwiss meterologist says "if such conditions persist in the longer term, glaciers are set to be lost irreversibly (不可逆轉地)". That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 慶讚中元! 普渡必拜科學麵,平安順利最全面! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口,讓你整個暑假都歡樂無法擋! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB
8/22/20236 minutes, 28 seconds
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EZ News 08/21/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened up 32-points this morning from Friday's close, at 16,414 on turnover of 3.9-billion N-T. The market moved lower last Friday, as investors reacted to fresh concerns the U-S Federal Reserve will raise key interest rates further following warnings that "upside risks" to inflation could lead to more rate hikes. The bellwether electronics sector was the focus of weakness on the main board, led by artificial intelligence development-related stocks, while the financial sector rose slightly amid lingering concerns over financial woes faced by Chinese debt-ridden companies. **US Calls on Beijing to Stop Pressuring Taiwan. ** The U-S State Department is calling on Beijing to cease pressuring Taiwan. According to a State Department spokesperson, the White House is urging Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with the island. The statement comes after the Ministry of National Defense reported that 45 Chinese aircraft and nine ships were detected operating around Taiwan from 6AM Saturday to 6AM in Sunday. Of that total, 25 aircraft crossed the median line (中線) of the Taiwan Strait. The U-S State Department says it will continue to closely monitor China's military exercises. **Dadaocheng Summer Festival Finale Attracts Over 100,000 ** The Taipei City Government says more than 100,000 people attended last night's finale of the Dadaocheng Summer Festival. City officials say more than 1,000 police officers were on duty to direct traffic. Strict traffic restrictions were in place last night ahead of the closing 8-minute long fireworks display and some local residents have complained (抱怨) about traffic problems due to the large number of people attending the event. Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an is touting the decision to extend the summer festival this year from one weekend to 51 days - saying along with larger crowds, it also resulted in greater opportunities for local businesses. **Spain Wildfire Started Deliberately ** An official in Spain says it appears a wildfire that's forced thousands of evacuations on Tenerife was deliberately (故意地) started. AP correspondent Mimmi Montgomery reports. **Libya Central Bank Reunified ** Libya’s central bank has announced its reunification after being split for nearly a decade due to the country’s long-running civil war that resulted in two rival administrations, in the east and the west. The bank said in a statement Sunday that it has become a “unified (統一) sovereign institution” following a meeting in the capital, Tripoli, between the central bank governor and his deputy. The announcement came 19 months after the bank started a unification process. In 2014, it splintered along the country’s broader political fault lines. Libya was plunged into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. **Russia Luna25 Crashes into Moon ** Russia's Roscosmos space agency says the Luna-25 spacecraft has crashed into the moon after it spun into an uncontrolled orbit, bringing a premature end to the country's first lunar mission since 1976. The pilotless spacecraft was aiming to be the first ever to land on the south pole of the moon, an area where scientists believe there could be important reserves of frozen water and precious elements. It was expected to land today. However, Roscosmos said it lost contact with the Luna-25 on Saturday after the spacecraft ran into difficulties and reported an “abnormal (異常) situation.” The Luna-25 was in a race with an Indian spacecraft to be the first to reach the south pole. That was the I.C.R.T. news, Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm _____. ----以下訊息由 SoundOn 動態廣告贊助商提供---- 慶讚中元! 普渡必拜科學麵,平安順利最全面! 國民零食科學麵,酥脆麵體搭配經典椒鹽粉,一口接一口,讓你整個暑假都歡樂無法擋! 想要歡樂一整天就找科學麵!→ https://bit.ly/44S8FtB
8/21/20236 minutes, 40 seconds
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EZ News 08/18/23

Good afternoon, I'm _____ with today's episode of EZ News. **Tai-Ex opening ** The Tai-Ex opened down 8.2-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 16,508, on turnover of $2.8-billion N-T. The Tai-Ex bucked the regional downward trend and gained ground on Thursday, despite notes from a U-S Federal Reserve meeting denting hopes that its interest rate hike cycle is finished. **FDA to Amend Regulations on Nutrition Labeling for Prepacked Food ** The Food and Drug Administration says it planning to change the regulations regarding the nutrition labeling of carbonated beverages and other prepacked food products. According to the F-D-A, the amendments have been drafted due to health concerns. Deputy Director Lin Jin-fu says the amendments mean that carbonated beverages (碳酸飲料) will no longer be permitted to use labeling with words such as "rich in" Vitamin C or similar descriptions and the content of labeling will be limited to related nutritional facts. Lin also says the revisions will not limit nutrients that can be labeled on food products. Previously, only eight types of nutrients (養分) could be shown on packaging, but that restrictions will be lifted when the new draft takes effect, in accordance with international regulations on food products. **Canada Evacuations as Wildfires Spread ** Residents in parts of Canada's Northwest Territories are being evacuated due to wildfires threatening (威脅) their towns. It's part of what has become the country's worst fire season on record, with a warmer and drier spring and summer than normal. Caroline Malone reports. **DR ID on Dead Still Ongoing After Bakery Explosion ** Authorities in the Dominican Republic say it could take months to identify all of the 28 victims who died in a powerful explosion near the country's capital this week. The announcement comes as friends and family keep trying to confirm whether their loved ones died in Monday’s explosion in the city of San Cristobal. Fifty-nine people were injured, with the majority (多數) of them still hospitalized. Forensics officials say only seven of the bodies found have been turned over to their families so far.