It was a first for firefighters. Chen Hung-yi (
Sponsored by the Fire Fighting Foundation, the group wedding was witnessed by several leading politicians and legislators.
Each couple received a gift of NT$20,000 from the foundation and a coupon for a one-night stay at the hotel.
Let's just hope there aren't any fires to put out that night.
Hospital reports miraculous recovery
A patient has regained consciousness after having been in a coma for half a year, according to the medical staff at the Genesis Foundation (創世基金會), who released the good news yesterday.
Last July, a man known as Ah-fu (阿富), a 45-year-old plasterer, fainted suddenly at a construction site where he was working. After two operations, he sank into a permanent coma.
But on Dec. 2, a nurse noticed noticed that his eyes seemed to regain their sparkle, and that his paralyzed body was able to move slightly, prompting doctors to begin a course of physical therapy. A month later, Ah-fu greets people with an eye expression and can even eat and drink by himself. Doctors and nurses at the hospital wish him a speedy recovery.
PLO ties in the making?
Taiwan plans to send an envoy to the Palestinian autonomous areas in May to explore the possibility of launching ties, according to a recent report in The Journalist magazine.
Chiu Hung-dah, Taiwan's ambassador without portfolio, has obtained approval for the Middle East trip from Taiwan Foreign Minister Chen Chien-jen (程建人), the magazine reported.
"Taiwan has no contacts with Palestine. Chiu's trip is to pave the way so that once a Palestine state is founded, Taiwan can open a representative office there," the article said.
Chiu's task is seen by political observers as difficult since the Palestinians have forged solid ties with China, which recognized them as a state in 1988 and opened a representative office in the Gaza Strip in 1997. In addition, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat has visited China 12 times.
According to The Journalist, Chiu will also visit Israel, Egypt and Tunisia during his Middle East trip.
‘HERO OF THE ERA’: President Tsai Ing-wen expressed deep sadness at Lee’s passing, and told the government to assist his family with all their needs Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old. The hospital stated the cause of death as septic shock and multiple organ failure. Lee had been hospitalized there since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home. He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia. The hospital said that Lee had been treated with antibiotics, but that his health had not improved, as his advanced age and diabetes had inhibited his immune system and led to recurring infections. During his hospitalization, Lee underwent daily kidney dialysis, which removed
‘WEAK POSITIVE’: The man arrived in Taiwan in May and was quarantined for two weeks, Chen Shih-chung said, adding that he might be infected a long time ago The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases, six of which are imported. The other case involves a Belgian engineer who entered Taiwan on May 3 and remained in quarantine until May 17, said Chen, who heads the CECC. Although the source of infection has yet to be identified, the case could end the nation’s record of not having any domestic cases in the previous 110 days. The Belgian, in his 20s, is a technician
RECEIVING TREATMENT: President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang visited former president Lee Teng-hui yesterday morning Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday rebutted speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had died a day earlier, saying that he was weak, but receiving treatment. The hospital said the 97-year-old Lee was not in good condition and needed ongoing care, adding that if there are any changes in his condition, it would make those public. The comments came after rumors emerged online on Tuesday that Lee had died after being hospitalized since early February. Soon after the unsubstantiated rumors emerged, reporters started flocking to the hospital seeking confirmation. Lee was admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Feb. 8 after choking while drinking
THAI CASE UPDATE: Twenty-nine close contacts of the worker have been tested with two types of tests, including 18 dorm mates, with 28 negative results so far Five imported cases of COVID-19, four from the Philippines and one from Hong Kong, were reported yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases in Taiwan to 467, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. The four returning from the Philippines were on the same flight, and the local health department has identified 15 people who had direct contact with them — including 10 passengers in the two rows in front or behind them, who have been put under 14-day home isolation, and five crew members, who will practice 14-day self-health management, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang