TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has given up on making a bid for Taiwan’s presidency.Gou announced his decision in a statement late Monday, one day before a deadline to register for the race.In a video message Tuesday, he cited a bad election atmosphere, blaming personal and factional interests for dividing society.He said he couldn’t bear to see his supporters being bullied.Gou’s possible candidacy threatened to divide the opposition Nationalist Party. He lost the party primary in July but retained support among many party members. He resigned from the party last week in what was seen as a precursor to an independent run.He stepped down earlier this summer as head of Foxconn, a major contract manufacturer of electronics including the iPhone.The Associated Press read more


Donald Trump says he is thinking about buying NY’s Plum Island, site of animal-research lab MINEOLA, N.Y. – Donald Trump is thinking about adding an island to his already flashy portfolio.The real estate mogul and TV reality star said Tuesday he’s considering purchasing New York’s Plum Island, but has yet to make a final decision.“I’d be interested in looking at it,” Trump told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It is a very complicated subject and nobody knows what is going to happen.”The 843 acres off the coast of Long Island house a laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could imperil the nation’s livestock industry. Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging lab, which opened in 1954, and build a new one in Manhattan, Kan.The General Services Administration is overseeing the proposed sale of the island to defray the costs of constructing the new facility; there has been no estimate of what the island could fetch at auction.Trump said he has yet to consider exactly what he might do with the property.“We would do something, but it would not be on a big scale,” Trump said. “We would look at it and come up with something appropriate.”On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined a growing number of elected officials in New York and Connecticut expressing doubts about a planned sale. Cuomo is calling for a thorough environmental review of conditions on the island, specifically citing concerns about potential groundwater pollution.“Before the sale of Plum Island can continue, Washington must step up and sign a legally binding consent order spelling out its full plan for cleaning up the Island and giving the state oversight authority to make sure the work has been done properly,” Cuomo said in a statement.Additionally, several members of Congress from the region have introduced legislation that would overturn plans to sell the island. Even if it were sold, the town of Southold has passed zoning laws that would severely limit development of the property.In addition to a high-tech lab that studies foot-and-mouth disease and other illnesses dangerous to cattle and pigs, the island includes a defunct U.S. Army base and a lighthouse.Trump has numerous properties, including luxury hotels and other holdings in New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more