■ Travel Alcohol costs pilot his flight \n \nThe captain of a China Airlines passenger jet was barred from an Anchorage, Alaska-to-New York flight after a breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was twice the limit for pilots, officials said. An airport screener smelled alcohol and found an open container of alcohol on the pilot. He was stopped before boarding an Airbus 340 jet last Thurs-day, said John Madden, a Transportation Safety Administration official, on Monday. A test administered by airport police showed a blood-alcohol level of .087 percent, a spokeswoman for the airport said. The US Federal Aviation Admin-istration (FAA) limit for pilots is .04 percent. China Airlines suspended the pilot, whose name has not been made public, and the rest of the crew flew the plane out of Anchorage, the FAA said. \n \n■ Pets \nCat walks 50km home \n \nIt took six days for a cat to travel more than 50km to return to the woman who had raised it, after being given away, a local cable TV station reported yesterday. The five-year-old feline, named Xiao Fu (Little Tiger) was given away last month by its owner in Hsinchu, identified only as Mrs. Chang, to her daughter, who lives in Taoyuan. "My husband heard some strange sounds outside the house and went out to check -- only to see that Xiao Fu was back," Chang said. She said Xiao Fu looked thirsty and weary, adding she had no idea how the cat could have found his way back to Hsinchu safely. "The most important thing is we have him again," Chang said. \n \n■ Politics \nLien to visit Europe, the US \n \nChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) will visit the US after a European tour this month, party sources said on Mon-day. According to KMT Vice Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄), who is currently in New York, Lien will make a lecture tour of Britain and the Czech Republic before arriving in the US on Oct. 18 as part of his efforts to canvass support for his presidential bid. Lien will visit Harvard University and then go to Washing-ton to deliver a speech at the invitation of the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the National Press Club. Wu said Lien will fly to \nNew York on Oct. 22 to meet with Chinese community leaders before leaving for home. Wu said the trip is expected to be Lien's last overseas tour before the election next March. \n \n■ National Defense \nSalvage team seeks IDF \n \nThe Ministry of National Defense sent three ships yesterday to salvage an indigenous defense fighter (IDF) which crashed off Penghu on Saturday, a ministry spokesman said. Major General Huang Suey-sheng (黃穗生) said the ships will try to salvage the wreck-age as quickly as possible. About 20 minutes after the IDF took off from Tainan Air Base on a training flight it experienced mechanical failure and the two pilots ejected. They were later rescued unharmed. \n \n■ Recreation \nSeniors invited for mahjong \n \nElderly residents of Taipei will be able to celebrate Senior Citizens' Day this Saturday by playing mah-jong in a competition sponsored by the Taipei City Government. The Bureau of Social Affairs said that 50 tables will be set up in the courtyard of City Hall. Residents over 60 years of age are eligible to compete, officials said. Prizes will be given to individuals and groups.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s