2017-08-01ICRT_Podcast-Intro_December 2013 ---- Section break ---- 10AM Easy EZ News Intro Good morning. It's 10 o'clock. I'm ______ and it's time for Easy EZ News on ICRT. ---- T*Taiex The Tai-Ex opened down 18-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 10,408 on turnover of 2.1-billion N-T. The market had closed slightly higher Monday - remaing above the monthly moving average of 10,425-points for the eighth consecutive session. ---- T*MOEA on nuclear power Economics Minister Lee Shi-guang says the government has no plans to reactivate suspended nuclear power plants (重新啟動已經停用的核能發電廠) despite on-going concern about electricity supplies due to storm damage. Concern has been sparked after Typhoon Nesat and Tropical Storm Haitang brought down a Hualien County transmission tower (輸電塔), operated by the independent Ho-Ping Power. Tai-Power says extensive damage to the transmission tower has reduced supply by 1.3-million kilowatts, or about 4-per cent of operating reserve. The state-generator is now warning that the island's power supply could flash a red warning light by Thursday or Friday - indicating that reserve capacity is less than 900,000-kilowatts. ---- T*Foreign Minister's visit Foreign ministry officials say a recent trip to the Caribbean region by Foreign Minister David Lee was planned for only two of the country's diplomatic allies, not five, as has been reported. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang says the main purpose of Lee's trip to the region earlier in the month was to attend a conference on development work in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in the Dominican Republic. After the conference, Lee visited several areas in the Dominican Republic then went on to Belize and officials say those were the only two countries on his itinerary (行程). The statement comes after reports surfaced that St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Christopher and Nevis had rejected Lee's plan to visit. ---- T*Liu Wen-xiong has died People First Party Deputy Secretary General Liu Wen-hsiung died Monday. He was 64. Liu had been in a coma at the Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital since July 21-st, when he was rushed there after collapsing at his home in the city. Liu served in the Legislative Yuan from 1999 to 2008 and was a long-time trusted aide to P-F-P Chairman James Soong. ---- US In world news... There's another big change at the White House. AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. < [CLIP] Slug:us > ---- New Zealand New Zealand opposition leader Andrew Little has quit seven weeks before the general election. He will be replaced by his Labour Party deputy - Jacinda Ardern - as they try to overcome recent dismal results. She faces an uphill battle (困難的挑戰) to unseat Prime Minister Bill English, whose conservative National Party has held power for nine years. ---- Myanmar Police in Myanmar have detained a prominent journalist (傑出的記者), accusing him of attempting to flee the country shortly before his trial on defamation charges (誹謗罪名) brought by a follower of a Buddhist monk who has stirred up anti-Muslim hatred. The detention of Swe Win - the editor of the nonprofit online news outlet Myanmar Now - is the latest in a recent series of actions against journalists in the country that rights advocates (鼓吹人權份子) say violate freedom of expression (違反了言論自由). ---- Sam Shepard American playwright, novelist and actor Sam Shepard has died. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. < [CLIP] Slug:shepard > ---- WEATHER AM ..... Looking at the weather across Taiwan ... We can expect .... Partly cloudy skies and occasional showers or thundershowers in the north, And partly cloudy skies with occasional showers or thunderstorms in the center and south . Current Temperatures .... Taipei -- 32 Taichung -- 30 Gaoxiong -- 30 ---- 10AM Easy EZ News Outro That's it for Easy EZ News today. 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 ____.