Taiwan Today: Taiwan Sports Lottery record-breaking sales, New Education Minister to settle NTU dispute

The Taiwan Sports Lottery generated NT$7 billion (US$233 million) in sales from the World Cup, broke the Lottery's own record for any individual sports event.

Taiwan sees record-breaking lottery ticket sales during World Cup

Taiwan saw record-breaking sports lottery ticket sales as a result of a betting bonanza during the 2018 FIFA World Cup held June 14-July 15 in Russia, the Taiwan Sports Lottery
Co. reported.

The Taiwan Sports Lottery generated NT$7 billion (US$233 million) in sales from the World Cup, with Sunday’s final between France and Croatia alone creating a record NT$850 million in sales, according to the company.

The sales of NT$7 billion broke the Lottery’s own record for any individual sports event sales set in 2014, when sales from the World Cup that year totaled NT$2.4 billion, which was around three times as much as the World Cup in 2010, according to the company.
Bets exceeded NT$400 million per game in the semifinals, according to the company.

Thanks to its windfall, the company is expected to inject NT$700 million into a sports development fund, it said.

New education minister wants to settle NTU president dispute

New Education Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said Monday that the next one to two months will be the golden period for handling a dispute over the selection of a new National Taiwan University (NTU) president and that he wants to communicate with NTU on the matter.

New Education Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong said he will settle NTU President dispute.

Addressing the controversy surrounding the ministry’s refusal to approve the appointment of NTU President-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔), Yeh said he was appointed as education minister after a month-long vacancy because of his expertise in law and his specialized  knowledge of law and administrative procedures. However, the case involves not only legal issues, and the failure to deal with the case properly could have a huge impact on the education, political sectors and broader society in Taiwan.

The controversy has resulted in the resignation of two ministers of education, including Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆) and and his predecessor Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠), and the post been vacant since May 29.

Taiwan, Japan sign MOU on toxic chemical disaster response

Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center (MDPC) of Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Monday to cooperate on responses to toxic chemical disasters.

The pact will help promote exchanges of ground and sea rescue expertise, strengthen toxic chemical disaster response capabilities, and make both sides better at handling environmental pollution accidents, said Hsieh Yein-rui (謝燕儒), head of the Environmental  Protection Administration’s Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau.

The MOU will also help forge a public consciousness of always being prepared for danger so that when a crisis occurs, its effect will be minimized, Hsieh said during the signing ceremony held at the ITRI’s headquarters in Hsinchu County.

Former Estonia president to visit Taiwan for digital forum

The upcoming Digital Innovation Forum 2018 is drawing global heavyweights in the field to Taipei, including former Estonia President Toomas Henrik Ilves, whose country is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in digitization.

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, left, is going to visit Taiwan for the digital forum, and also share the experience of digitation in Estonia.

The APEC Business Advisory Council-sponsored forum, jointly organized by Taiwan and Papua New Guinea, is being held July 19-20 at the Taipei International Convention Center and will focus on artificial intelligence, scientific and financial technology, and  digital innovation.

Ilves will be among 36 speakers at the forum, a group that will also include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; Christ Anderson, author of the 2006 book “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More;” and Sophia, the world’s first Android citizen.
Sophia will converse with Ethan Tu (杜奕瑾), founder of Taiwan A.I. Labs, and former Evernote CEO Phil Libin on the topic of exploring 100 possibilities of AI and mankind creating cultures together, according to the organizers.