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2018-08-08

Section break ---- News Intro I'm ... w/ the top of the hour news ..... ---- T*Taiex update The Tai-Ex opened up 42-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 11,026 on turnover of 2.9-billion N-T. ---- T*Businesses not optimistic about NDC immigration bill Business groups are not optimistic about the National Development Council's new bill. The NDC's draft bill focuses on professionals, mid-level skilled workers, and Taiwanese expats and their children. General Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lai Zheng-yi says the government taking out the option of investment immigration means less money will be invested in Taiwan. Tsai Lian-sheng, the secretary-general of the Chinese National Federation of Industries, says this is a missed opportunity (錯過了機會) to help the economy. ---- T*COA planning services for organic farming The Council of Agriculture will have special services to help promote organic farming (有機農業). Agriculture Minister Lin Cong-xian says the services include demonstration farmland, and help from "plant doctors". There is currently 10,000 hectares of organic farmland in Taiwan. That's about 1.2-per cent of the island's total farmland. And the government plans to increase organic farmland to 15,000 hectares, or 1.89-per cent, by 2020. ---- T*World Cup boost for Sports Lottery And .... The government says the World Cup in June gave a big boost (促進) to sports lottery sales. Sports lottery revenue was about $5.06-billion NT in June. Tha'ts about 70-percent higher than June last year. And sales for the first half of this year climbed 11.3-percent year-on-year. Money made from sports lottery sales go to developing sports programs in Taiwan. ---- US China trade war The US will impose (強加、施) tariffs on another $16 billion worth of Chinese goods later this month Our Washington correspondent John Clarke has more: < [CLIP] Slug: > ---- Japan admissions A Tokyo medical school is apologizing for changing entrance exam scores for years to stop women from becoming doctors. Tokyo Medical University started changing the scores in 2006 or earlier. The school says it will think about admitting people who would have passed the exam, but did not explain how they would do that. Reports say the school eliminated (淘汰) up to 10 percent of female applicants. The school wanted fewer female doctors since they believed women would stop working after getting married or becoming mothers. ---- News Outro 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 ____. ----
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