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2018-07-02

Section break ---- News Intro First local news... ---- T*Pro-Taiwan Susan Thornton Retiring In local interest news... A long-time ally of Taiwan will be leaving the US State Department. Susan Thornton is the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs (亞太地區助理國務卿), but the US government says she will be stepping down at the end of this month. The China Times reports that Thornton not only has a thorough understanding(透徹了解) of cross-strait relations, her connections with Taiwan are deep and long-standing. Thornton's standing as assistant secretary was never very solid (她的職位本來就不穩) because her appointment never received congressional approval (國會批准). It was predicted that when former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stepped down in March that Thornton could be pushed out of her job. Although the State Department has announced her departure (離開), no reason was given for her sudden decision to leave a career spanning 25 years (總共25年). (PB) ---- T*Taiwan airlines offer new services to Chiang Mai, Nagoya Two Taiwan airlines have opened new services to Chiang Mai (清邁) and Nagoya (名古屋). EVA Airways yesterday launched daily nonstop flights on a new route between Taoyuan and Chiang Mai, Thailand, in celebration of the 27th anniversary of the airline's inaugural flight (首航) to the country. EVA Air President Clay Sun says the new route will give passengers that fly from North America more convenient access to Thailand's second largest city. It's also expected to attract more tourists to Taiwan and Thailand. Meanwhile, budget carrier Tiger-air Taiwan launched a new route from Gaoxiong to Japan's Nagoya. A company official says Tiger-air attaches great importance to the Gaoxiong market (重視高雄市場) and hopes to help boost tourism in the two cities and increase bilateral exchanges. Tigerair Taiwan is the only carrier that offers direct flights to Nagoya. (PB) ---- T*Officials praise new pension reforms as they come into force The new pensions are receiving praise from government officials as they took effect yesterday. The reforms are aimed at civil servants, teachers and military personnel, and President Tsai Ing-wen said she was thankful to those affected by the pension cuts for their understanding of the need for reform. Vice President Chen Jian-ren says the implementation(實施) of the new pension systems “marked the beginning of a new era” in which the viability(可行) and sustainability(永續) of the pension system can be ensured so that everyone can collect their pension benefits for years to come. Government calculations had found that had the changes not been made, the pension program for military personnel would go bankrupt in 2020, for teachers in 2030 and civil servants in 2031. However, protesters continue to demonstrate and are seeking a Constitutional interpretation (釋憲) of the new laws. (PB) ---- Canada tariffs on US goods from ketchup to lawn mowers begin In world news... Canada has begun imposing tariffs (加諸關稅) on U.S. goods in retaliation (報復) to the US's new import taxes. The $12.6 billion US dollars in tariffs come after US President Donald Trump imposed a tax on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. As part of his combative (有戰鬥意味的) America First approach, Trump has repeatedly attacked the trade policies of the United States' northern neighbor. The U.S., in fact, last year enjoyed a $2.8 billion dollars overall trade surplus with Canada. ---- US Immigration In U.S. news... From New York to Los Angeles and cities all over the country, protesters including some celebrity activists (有名的活躍份子) are denouncing the Trump administration's immigration policies. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > ---- WEATHER ... Looking at the weather across Taiwan today. The Central Weather Bureau says we can expect .. Partly cloudy skies and occasional afternoon thundershowers in the north and center, And clear skies with occasional afternoon thundershowers in the south. Current temps. Taipei -- 32 Taichong -- 25 Gaoxiong -- 27 Hualien -- 31 ---- 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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