Four Latin American leaders arrived in Taipei yesterday for the fourth Taiwan-Latin American summit to foster diplomatic ties. \nPanama President Mireya Moscoso, El Salvador President Francisco Guillermo Flores, Guatemala President Alfonso Antonio Portillo and Sergio Grullon Estrella, secretary-general of the Presidential Office of the Dominican Republic, will take part in the the one-day summit tomorrow. \nNicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos, Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco, Honduras Vice President Jose Alberto Diaz and Belize Prime Minister Joan Musa arrived in Taipei on Tuesday. \nThe Fourth Summit of the Heads of States and Governments Taiwan, Central America and the Dominican Republic will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. \nThe leaders will discuss Central America's development and integration and Taiwan's cooperation with these countries. \nThe leaders will issue a joint communique at the end of the summit and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Moscoso are expected to sign the Taiwan-Panama Free Trade Pact. \nMeanwhile, Chen said yesterday that he planned to visit Costa Rica and other Central American countries this year after shelving a planned trip to the region earlier this year because of the SARS epidemic. \n"The original plan to visit Costa Rica in the first half of this year was put off because of the SARS epidemic," Chen said while meeting visiting Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco. \n"I hope that state visits will be resumed in October or later," he said. \nIn his talks with Pacheco, Chen said he was sorry that he could not attend the inauguration ceremony of a bridge built with the assistance of Taiwan due to the SARS epidemic, but said that he hopes Pacheco can accompany him to witness the splendor of the bridge when he visits Costa Rica in November. \nThe bridge, which connects the main territory of Costa Rica with the Nicoya Peninsula, was inaugurated late last month. \nChen also expressed his gratitude to the Costa Rican government for its staunch support for Taiwan's bid to enter the UN and the World Health Organization. \nHe added that he was pleased to know that Pacheco will personally attend this year's UN Assembly in September to speak in favor of Taiwan's cause.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public