Yu pledges new TV station
As the Hualien County commissioner by-election draws closer, Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday pledged to spend NT$330 million to establish an Aboriginal television channel to benefit the nation's 210,000 indigenous people. Yu made the pledge yesterday afternoon while visiting Hualien County's Hsiulin township -- one of the county's three Aboriginal townships whose residents are Kaoshan Aborigines. Kaoshan Aborigines are the indigenous people living in mountain areas, as opposed to Pingpu Aborigines who live on the plains. The county is the home to the nation's third largest Kaoshan Aboriginal tribe, the Amis. Yesterday marked Yu's fourth trip to the county in the last two months. In addition to the establishment of the TV channel, Yu promised to improve television reception signals in the county's mountainous areas by the end of the year.
Jail term sparks outcry
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned yesterday a suspended jail term handed to a Taiwanese journalist for revealing military secrets and called on the government to denounce the ruling. Taiwan's High Court sentenced Hung Tsi-cheng (洪哲政) on Friday to 18 months in jail suspended for three years after finding that two news reports he had written for the now-defunct Power News daily were based on "classified" information from the military. "It is outrageous that [Hung Tsi-cheng] has been sentenced for reporting on matters of clear public interest," said CPJ Asia program coordinator Kavita Menon. "We call on the Taiwan government to reconfirm its commitment to press freedom by denouncing this ruling and ensuring that journalists are free to conduct their work without fear of government harassment."
Locals found with drugs
Cambodian narcotics authorities have arrested two Taiwanese men for an alleged attempt to smuggle 8.5kg of opium onto a flight bound for Taipei, officials said Friday. Huang Shun-liang, 28, and Wu Hung-te, 25, were about to board Mandarin Air flight 878 at Phnom Penh's airport when X-ray machine officials searched their luggage and found something suspicious, said chief of airport immigration Chhay Bona. He said the two suspects told Cambodian customs officers before the arrest that they were carrying perfume to Taipei in 10 boxes. He said two of 20 bags contained amphetamines and the 8.5kg of opium.
Friendship bridge completed
The Taipei-funded bridge of Costa Rica was formally inaugurated on Friday after about three years in the making, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. "The Republic of China government expects to see that the completion of the bridge as a means to foster Costa Rica's economic prosperity and the development of the Nicoya region," said the foreign ministry. President Abel Pacheco and Taiwan's ambassador Wang Fei (王飛) jointly hosted the inauguration ceremony on Friday, the ministry said. The 780m suspension bridge, or the Friendship Bridge Bridge of Taiwan, spans the Tempisque river connecting San Jose with the Costa Rican Nicoya peninsula, and is expected to reduce travel time from the capital to Nicoya from two hours to 90 minutes by car. The US$27 million bridge project was carried out by Taiwan's Retired Servicemen Engineering Agency.
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
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘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’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General