■ Visit Nadia Comaneci jets in \n \nCelebrated Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in Taiwan yesterday for a five-day visit to give lectures and training to local athletes. Comaneci, an unforgettable figure in the history of the Olympic Games, scored the first "perfect 10" on the parallel bars in 1976 at Montreal, which was also the first full-point performance on record at the world's most prominent sporting event. While in Taipei, Comaneci will visit the National Palace Museum and exchange experience with coaches and athletes from northern Taiwan at National Taiwan Normal University. She will then travel to Tsoying national training center in southern Kaohsiung and is expected to stage an exhibition for the Chinese Taipei team that will take part in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. \n \n■ Australia \nDrowning hearing begins \n \nFive Japanese men appeared in court yesterday on manslaughter charges after the drowning of a Taiwanese man in Brisbane, court officials said. Jun Hamajima, 22, Akiro Ookawarra, 23, Hiroki Suzuki, 20, Takaaki Aizawa, 21, and Tai Chi Maruta, 19, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with the manslaughter of Hsu Wei-Li (徐維力). The men were not required to enter a plea. The 18-year-old Taiwanese man's body was found Friday in the Brisbane River. Police prosecutors said Hsu, a student at an international college in Brisbane, had been at a barbecue with friends near the river on Thursday night when he went missing. They allege the five Japanese men -- who also attended the college -- threw him into the water. Magistrate James Gordon granted bail to the five men to reappear in court on Feb. 3 next year.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US