Suicide delays MRT service
An unidentified man repor-tedly committed suicide yesterday afternoon by jumping onto the rail of the MRT's Chungho line, according to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. The incident caused a one-hour delay for trains between the Ding-Shi and Nan Shih Chiao stations, according to Chen Wen-fu (陳文福), direc-tor of corporation's public relations office. Normal operations resumed at 1:34pm, Chen said. Police are investigating the incident.
Key election dates set
The election of the next president and vice president will be formally announced on Nov. 12, Huang Shih-cheng (黃石城), chairman of the Central Election Commission, said yesterday at the Legislative Yuan. He said that the election will be held on March 20 next year and that the winners will be formally announced before March 26. Candidates will be able to register between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. Nationwide TV presentations of platforms by the candidates will be held between Feb. 21 and March 19, he said. Citizens living abroad may apply for voter registration between Nov. 12 and Feb. 9, Huang
Army holds live-fire drill
An army artillery unit held its annual live-fire drill yesterday, firing 60 artillery shells into the sea off Taichung County, the Ministry of National Defense said. "It's an annual practice to test the effectiveness of the mortars and other field guns," a ministry spokesman said. Weapons used included 8-inch and 155mm artillery pieces with a firing range of 8km, military officials said. Separately, authorities yesterday staged a large-scale air-raid drill in central Taiwan to test the local government and public preparation for any air attack or chemical offensive from China. More than 30,000 people from the government, military and police took part in the drill, conducted in eight cities and counties.
■ Overseas Chinese
Air force welcomes visitors
More than 5,000 overseas Chinese who returned to Taiwan for the Double Ten National Day celebrations visited the Air Force Academy in Kangshan township, Kaohsiung County yesterday. They were warmly greeted by faculty members and cadets. Air force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Feng Shih-kuang (馮世寬) said that he admired the visitors for their patriotism. "In past decades, whenever our country has encountered adversities and challenges, overseas Chinese have not hesitated to extend a helping hand by either donating funds or offering volunteer services to promote the nation's cause," he said. An exhibition was held at the academy about the nation's new generation of warplanes and weapons systems, including the Indigenous Defense Fighters, F-16s, Mirages, anti-submarine helicopters and missiles.
Hsieh heads trip to Senegal
Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), officials of Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau and fishing-industry leaders are scheduled to visit Senegal's capital Dakar on Oct. 23 and 24. The fishing ports of Kaohsiung and Senegal established a "sister relationship" in 2001. The delegation members will meet with their counterparts in Senegal, the director of the harbor bureau said yesterday.
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
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
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,