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2019-07-08

Section break ---- C*News Intro I'm ... w/ the top of the hour news ..... ---- E*EZ NEWS JULY 8, 2019 ---- E*Tai-Ex Opens Down The Tai-Ex opened down 42-points this morning from Friday's close, at 10,742 on turnover of 1.7-billion N-T. The market did not change very much on Friday, only moving in a narrow range. Investors were cautious because they were waiting for new data from the United States. Analysts say this led to thin turnover on the Tai-Ex. The thin turnover was also caused by US markets being closed Thursday for the July Fourth holiday. ---- E*KMT Presidential Primary Poll Begins Today The K-M-T's 2020 presidential primary polling begins today. The party held three televised debates (辯論), with the five 2020 hopefuls talking about their policies on major issues. The issues they talked about include culture, education, cross-strait affairs, national security, the environment, and energy. And the public opinion polls (民意調查) will be held from today through July 14. The KMT says results will be released on July 16th. Then the party's Central Standing Committee will formally announce its 2020 presidential candidate on July 17-th. ---- E*Taoyuan Flight Attendants' Union Take Action to End Strike The Taoyuan Flight Attendants' Union says it is now returning passports, China travel documents and employee identification cards to its members (工會會員). The union and EVA Air have reached an agreement to end a nearly three-week long strike this past weekend. The union may end the strike by its EVA Air members by tomorrow evening. Over 2,000 EVA Airways flight attendants are now waiting for the union to return their travel permits (許可證) and work papers. ---- E* Protestors Target Chinese Tourists Tens of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, targeting a mainland Chinese audience. The demostrators passed by a shopping district popular with mainland Chinese visitors. They went on to the high-speed railway station that connects Hong Kong with Guangdong and other mainland cities. The protestors are against government moves to change extradition (引渡) laws. The changes would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill and apologized for how it was handled, but protesters want the bill to be formally withdrawn (撤回) and for Lam to resign. Organizers said 230-thousand people marched on Sunday, while police estimated the crowd at 56-thousand. ---- E*UK Ambassador to US Skewers Trump Admin Britain's ambassador to the United States described the Trump administration as ``diplomatically clumsy and inept (無能)''. Several leaked diplomatic documents were published by UK media on Sunday. The documents date from 2017 to the present In the documents, Ambassador Kim Darroch made very negative comments about the US government. Darroch also wrote``We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially (明顯得) more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction (派別) riven (四分五裂)..." Britain's Foreign Office did not say the documents were fake. The US State Department would not comment. ---- E*Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies at 88 One of the fathers of the bossa nova (波薩諾瓦) has died. AP correspondent Ben Thomas reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > ---- C*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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