Salvadoran group arrives
The vice president of El Salvador's National Assembly, Jose Manuel Melgar, is to arrive in Taipei today for a five-day visit. Heading a 19-member parliamentarian delegation, Melgar will call on Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the office of Taiwan's International Cooperation and Development Fund, and the Central American Trade Office. The Salvadoran delegation is also scheduled to visit several economic and cultural establishments in Taiwan, including an agricultural research center in Taoyuan run by the Council of Agriculture, a vocational training center operated by the Taipei City Government, as well as the Taipei World Trade Center and the National Palace Museum.
University leaders meet
The 2003 Southeast Asian University Presidents' Conference opened yesterday in Taipei. Over 100 university presidents from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Khmer, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan participate in the two-day meeting. The theme of the meeting is "globalized cooperation" in higher education. The participants have signed a joint statement, saying that they hope to have more opportunities to exchange professors and students, jointly sponsor international conferences, jointly carry out research programs, and exchange educational information and publications.. Kao Chiang(高強), president of the National Cheng Kung University which hosts the conference, said the two-day meeting is aimed at promoting the cooperation among Southeast Asian universities.
Protect IPR, Paal says
The de facto US ambassador to Taiwan said yesterday that Taiwan must further strengthen intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in order to attract more foreign investors and boost the development of knowledge-based economy. Douglas Paal, director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, made the remarks at an Asia-Pacific conference of the World Trade Law Association. Paal said effective IPR protection is critical to Taiwan's drive to develop a knowledge-based economy. Noting that direct foreign investments in Taiwan have declined significantly in the past two years, Paal said, Taiwan must cultivate a more "IPR-friendly" environment to enhance its appeal to foreign investors. Paal said the package of amendments to Taiwan's copyrights law, which was passed in June this year, were a compromise under pressure from some lawmakers. Paal said Taiwan must further amend its copyright law again to plug holes in its IPR protection mechanism.
Hsieh to attend forum
Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) will head a delegation to attend an annual Liberal International conference to be held in the West African state of Senegal next week, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday. Liberal International is a London-based organization that groups more than 80 liberal democratic parties in 63 countries around the world. The DPP formally joined the alliance last year. Hsieh, a member of the DPP's decision-making Central Standing Committee, will attend the meeting on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Several DPP politicians and Kaohsiung City Government officials, will accompany Hsieh.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
SAFETY CONCERNS: A construction company working nearby admitted to negligence in the incident, and is to pay a fine and other expenses related to damages Residents of homes adjacent to an alleyway in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) on Saturday were forced to evacuate their homes after the road collapsed, the New Taipei City government said yesterday. An 80m by 4m area in an alleyway on Wenhua Road (文化路) collapsed at 10:39am near an apartment building construction site where work was being done on the project’s foundation. The incident also ruptured an underground gas pipe and tilted several buildings in the area. Residents would not be able to return to their homes until tomorrow or Wednesday, when repairs are expected to be finished, the city government said. Workers
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37