New life for old village
Taiwan Provincial Government Chairman Lin Kuang-hua (林光華) said yesterday he will come up with a detailed plan to transform Chunghsing New Village in Nantou County into a high-profile arts village. The village used to be the seat of the provincial government. With the marginalization of the provincial government a few years ago as part of the central government's restructuring plan, many public dormitories in the complex have been left vacant. Lin said he plans to transform those buildings into workshops to attract noted artists, thus making the village into the nation's new arts center.
Holiday gifts at MOFA
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) has presented seasonal foods to the ministry staff to mark the Dragon Boat Festival yesterday. Ministry officials said Chen had directed his aides to prepare the gifts for the staff before he left for the US early last week to attend several international seminars organized by US think tanks. The gifts included zongzi -- the glutinous rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves -- as well as mangoes and a special brand of noodles from Chen's hometown in Tainan County, the officials said. Chen met with American think tank staff during his stay in Los Angeles. He then traveled to Beaver Creek, Colorado, where he attended the World Forum organized by the American Enterprise Institute. Chen is also scheduled to travel to Europe next month to chair a meeting of the chiefs of Taiwan's missions in the region.
CAL launches new route
China Airlines (CAL) yesterday inaugurated the Taipei-Seattle-Houston passenger service to become the first national airlines to extend its passenger network to the southern US, officials said. The new service, which leaves Taipei every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for Houston with a stop in Seattle, will expand the CALs operational points in the US to 12, including four codeshare destinations with Delta Airlines, they said. "Because this is the first [new] US-bound passenger route in 21 years [for CAL], this new service has special meaning for China Airlines," said CAL chairman Lee Yun-ling (李雲寧) during an inauguration ceremony at CKS International Airport. Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三), American Institute in Taiwan Director Douglas Paal and CAL officials also attended the
South Koreans courted
Tourism Bureau Director Su Cheng-tien (蘇成田) said yesterday he hopes the number of tourists from South Korea can be increased substantially over three years. Su made the remarks at the opening of the 19th Conference on Taiwan-South Korean Tourist Exchanges held in Hualien County. Su said South Koreans made about 60,000 visits to Taiwan in the first five months of this year, compared to more than 100,000 visits made by Taiwanese to South Korea during the same period. "We'll make every possible effort to attract more tourist arrivals from South Korea in the coming years," Su said. The annual meeting brought together travel service operators who expressed their hope that direct air links between the two countries can resume as early as possible to facilitate tourist exchanges.
A proposal by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to permanently ban sitting in Taipei Railway Station’s main hall has received a mixed reaction online, with some social media users vowing to launch a sit-in at the station. Gatherings at the hall have been prohibited since Feb. 29 in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s policy of reducing crowd sizes in public places. A Facebook user organizing the sit-in said that the hall is a public space and there is no legitimate reason to ban sitting on the floor. He said he suspected that the proposal was made due to business considerations and
Chinese over-the-top (OTT) service provider iQiyi cannot register as a provider in Taiwan after the Mainland Affairs Council declared it to be an illegal service, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. Both iQiyi and WeTV were deemed to be illegal Chinese OTT operators in an interdepartmental meeting on Friday last week, officials said, adding that this prohibits them from marketing their services in Taiwan or seeking subscribers. The government plans to block a local server that iQiyi has been using to transmit content to domestic audiences, which would disrupt its content transmission. OTT Entertainment Ltd, which is enlisted by iQiyi to
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying: