APTN News In November APTN’s Tom Fennario travelled to Taiwan for a series of stories about the country of 23 million that is smaller than Nova Scotia.Starting with the Dutch in the 17th century, the 16 recognized Indigenous groups of Taiwan have long faced an unceasing wave of colonialism. Ethnic Chinese, known as “Han”, flooded the island after the Dutch, but were forced to relinquish Taiwan to Japan in the late 19th century.After World War II, the Chinese once again took control of the island that sits just 180 km west off China’s mainland.Following a civil war in 1949, the Chinese communist party led by Mao Zedong exiled the ruling nationalist party from mainland China to Taiwan.In just one year over two million Chinese inundated Taiwan, which to this day officially calls itself the Republic of China, although they are not recognized by the United Nations (UN).Instead, the UN views Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C or mainland China).Still, Taiwan is in many ways independent from the PRC, they have their own defacto government, currency, and laws.
CALGARY — Calgary-based oil sands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. said Thursday its raising its dividend by 10%.The increased payout to Cenovus shareholders was announced along with the company’s fourth-quarter results, which included $212 million of operating earnings, equal to 28 cents per share.That compared with a year-earlier operating loss of $188 million or 25 cents per share. The operating earnings exclude a number of items, including the impact of the company’s risk-management programs. With those items included, Cenovus had a fourth-quarter net loss of $58 million.More to come . . .