■ Taichung Harbor gets investment \n \nIn a bid to further develop Taichung harbor and make it into a free-trade harbor zone, the Cabinet yesterday announced that the government and the private sector combined will invest a total of NT$13.7 billion for the next five years. According to a press release, the Cabinet will invest NT$5 billion while the private sector will contribute NT$8.7 billion. The fund will be used to build public-infrastructure projects including 64 wharfs and 15 specialized areas within the free-trade harbor zone, as well as pay for the broadening and deepening of waterways. \n \n■ Cross-strait ties \nPair convicted of murder \n \nTwo Chinese men have been sentenced to death in Shanghai for the murder and robbery of a Taiwanese businessman and his family, the Chinese government said yesterday. The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court found Huang Ligang (黃利剛) and Cheng Liang (程亮) guilty of killing Song Yu (宋鈺), his wife and their four-year-old daughter during a robbery attempt on June 23, said a court official, who refused to give her name. The sentence was issued Tuesday after a one-day trial, she said. The attack prompted Taiwan to appeal for increased security for its investors in China, tens of thousands of whom live in Shanghai. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, Huang and Cheng stole a laptop computer and Chinese and foreign currency from the home, then fled in the family's four-wheel-drive vehicle. They were arrested two days later in a rural area of Jiangsu Province, Xinhua said. \n \n■ Crime \nAlleged embezzlers wanted \n \nThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles on Tuesday asked the overseas Chinese community to help locate a couple wanted in Taiwan. Liu Kuan-chun (劉冠軍), former chief accountant of the National Security Bureau, is wanted on charges of embezzling more than NT$192 million (US$5.5 million), while his wife, Meng Wen-hua (孟雯華), is wanted for allegedly assisting Liu in embezzling the money and in engaging in money laundering. Liu left Taiwan on Sept. 3, 2000, and his wife left the following day. Sources said that Liu first went to China and hid in Shanghai, while Meng took their two children to Toronto, Canada. Recent overseas media reports said that the family could be hiding in North America, possibly in southern California. Anyone with information concerning Liu and his family is asked to contact the office at (213) 389-1215, or write to the Investigation Bureau at P O Box 60000, Hsintien, Taipei, Taiwan. \n \n■ Terrorism \nBaghdad attack condemned \n \nThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday condemned the devastating terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In a press statement released by the ministry last night, the ministry also expressed its condolences over people who died during the attack. Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello was among the more than 20 victims who were killed in Tuesday's massive bomb blast, which could be felt more than a kilometer away. In the press release, the ministry stressed Taiwan's willingness to support the UN's plans for rebuilding Iraq and stated that Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien (簡又新) had sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to express Taiwan's sympathy for the victims and their families.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The central government is offering subsidies to hotels to house people who have been ordered to undergo 14-day home quarantine Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday elaborated on the rules for “social distancing” and said that the government is providing subsidies to encourage more hotels to become quarantine hotels. Chen on Tuesday urged the public to practice social distancing by keeping at least 1m apart outdoors and 1.5m apart indoors. If maintaining such distances is not possible due to confined or crowded spaces, then everyone should wear a mask, Chen yesterday told a daily news briefing at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taipei. The center also suggested that people avoid exhibitions, sports events, concerts and other social
STRENGTH IN UNITY: The Executive Yuan respects KMT legislators’ viewpoints, but has no comment on calls for the premier to step down, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday accused Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of treating the Legislative Yuan with disdain and demanded that he apologize or step down for saying that KMT Legislator Chen Yu-jen (陳玉珍) is unfit for her job. Prior to a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Tuesday, Su was asked by reporters to comment on Chen’s remark on Monday that Taiwan is not a country. “Then she is not qualified to be a lawmaker,” the premier said. Chen made the remark during a question-and-answer session with Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), when she asked him about his view
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...