Paraguay affirms aid uses
Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Fruto said that Taiwan's financial aid to his country has been properly used, according to a recent Paraguayan media report. He made the remarks in a bid to counter the opposition's doubts that the use of the money has not been transparent, the report said. Duarte was speaking at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a residential community earlier this week in Asuncion, which he said was built with US$5 million -- the first part of an economic aid package worth US$29 million from Taipei. Duarte explained that the US$5 million was channeled into Paraguay's central bank and that the completion of the 86 houses is evidence that the donation has been used appropriately. Part of the money was also used in cultural and education affairs to help wipe out illiteracy, he noted. Ambassador Yen Ping-fan (顏秉璠) also attended the ceremony.
Hakka culture promoted
The government is promoting Hakka culture with an aim of building Taiwan into a world Hakka culture center, Vice Premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) said yesterday. Addressing a workshop on Hakka culture in Hsinchu, Yeh said that President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) administration has been actively promoting the Hakka culture since it came to power in 2000. Its concrete results include the establishment of the Cabinet-level Hakka Affairs Council and Hakka TV, as well as bringing the Hakka language back into the public arena, making the Hakka people proud of their own culture and revitalizing Hakka villages, Yeh said. Hakka TV programs have also contributed to the increase in the number of people who speak Hakka, she said. Yeh said she hoped that the promotion of Hakka culture will make the Hakka people become a happy and confident ethnic group.
Nicaraguan leaders to visit
Nicaraguan Interior Minister Julio Cesar Vega Pasquier and the Central American country's presidential aide, Avil Antonio Ramirez Valdivia, are set to arrive in Taipei on Monday for a five-day visit, according to a news release issued yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. During the visit, Vega is scheduled to meet with Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Ouyang Jui-hsiung (歐楊瑞雄), Police Administration Director-General Hsieh Yin-tang (謝銀黨), Immigration Bureau Commissioner Tseng Wen-chang (曾文昌) and Interior Minister Su Jia-Chyuan (蘇嘉全). Vega will confer a medal on Su, while Ouyang will bestow "the Order of the Brilliant Star" on Vega. Vega and Pasquier will also receive a briefing at the Government Information Office. They are slated to leave Taiwan on July 30.
French lawmaker to visit
French National Assembly member Alain Madelin is set to visit Taipei tomorrow through Wednesday, according the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alain's visit is aimed at learning more about Taiwan's current economic development. He is scheduled to pay a visit to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). He will also meet with Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Chiang Ping-kun (江丙坤), Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山), Minister of Finance Lin Chuan (林全), National Science Council Chairman Wu Mao-kun (吳茂昆), Atomic Energy Council Chairman Ouyang Ming-sheng (歐楊敏盛), and EVA Group vice president Chang Kuo-cheng (張國城).
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
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