■ Business Taiwan to host FCEM in 2007 \n \nThe Taiwanese delegation attending the world congress of the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM) in Scotland has won the right for Taiwan to host the event in 2007. The 52nd world congress was held in Glasgow last week, with more than 200 delegates from more than 40 countries taking part. The association, originally a businesswomen's group in France set up following World War II, has grown to become a global organization with the aim of promoting solidarity and friendship among women entrepreneurs. The dele-gation used the meeting to promote understanding of Taiwan. It also made a generous donation to a charity auction initiated by Britain's Princess Anne. \n \n■ Diplomacy \nTECO sends petition \n \nThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles sent a petition on Friday to the LA missions of 23 EU member nations urging that the EU's ban on arms sales to China not be lifted. The petition was written under the name of Wei Wu-lien (魏武煉), director of the office, with the sig-natures of hundreds of Taiwanese and foreign supporters. The petition urges the EU not to lift its arms embargo against China for the sake of global security and peace, and calls the EU's attention to Beijing's continuous military buildup. It also warns that a lifting of the ban would sharpen the cross-strait crisis, spur an arms race and give rise to regional conflict. Early this month, the office launched a "Global E-petition Campaign" on the GoPetition Web site. Offi-cials said that the campaign has won the support of nearly 600 people around the world and that they hope the number of signatures collected will top those of all the other petitions posted on the Web site by the end of the month. The petition will then be submitted to the European Parliament. \n \n■ Utilities \nNo timetable for rate hikes \n \nMinister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) said yesterday that the govern-ment has no timetable for raising water or electricity rates. Ho made the remarks in response to reports that her ministry was planning to adjust water and electricity rates separately, with electricity rates expected to be raised first. Ho said the government will commun-icate with the public to seek a consensus before making a decision on hiking water or electricity rates. She said the ministry will present a reasonable pricing calcu-lation plan for the public's reference to make sure the decision-making is trans-parent, because the adjust-ment of public utility prices concerns every family and company. \n \n■ Tourism \nLiner docks in Taichung \n \nThe five-star Japanese cruise liner Asuka arrived at Tai-chung Harbor yesterday carrying 558 Japanese pas-sengers, who were wel-comed by Taichung County Commissioner Huang Chung-sheng (黃仲生) and officials of the Taichung Harbor Bureau. While the liner was being escorted into the harbor by a tow boat, a fountain display, folk dancing and music shows were put on for the visitors. The Asuka is also the only five-star cruise liner in Asia. The Asuka is about 192m long, 24m wide and 29m high. The visitors, who are retired workers of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, toured northern Europe this sum-mer and are now on a fall-winter trip to Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The Japan-ese will visit Sun Moon Lake, Lukang, Taichung City and the National Palace Museum.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,