■ Cross-strait ties DPP eyes next year for talks \n \nTaiwan will do its utmost to resume talks with Beijing in the next year, a lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday. Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯), DPP caucus whip in the Legislative Yuan, said next year would be a favorable time for a resumption in talks between Taipei and Beijing, as there are no national elections scheduled in Taiwan and as December's legislative elections will usher in a new era in Taiwan, adding that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has continuously reached out to Beijing. He noted that Taiwan has already done its part to try to restart cross-strait dialogue, which he said would benefit the people of both sides of the Taiwan Strait, adding that the ball is now in Beijing's court. Tsai made the remarks in line with a statement by Chen the previous day that he has a free hand in terms of negotiating with Beijing as he does not face any pressure to be re-elected to a third term. \n \n■ Government \nKMT cash to buy text books \n \nPremier Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday that the assets "illegally" accumulated by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) during its five decades in power will be used to provide free text books for elementary and junior high school students once the assets are recovered by the current government. Stumping for Democratic Progressive Party legislative candidates in Panchiao, Taipei County, the premier said that the government is working to recover the assets and that the assets will be used toward helping cash-strapped central and local governments. The premier promised that elementary and junior high school students will get free textbooks for one year, providing his govern-ment can recover NT$3 billion (US$88.8 million) worth of KMT's "ill-gotten" assets, and free text books for one hundred years, if it can recover NT$300 billion (US$8.88 billion) worth of assets. \n \n■ Health \nInfant hearing tests offered \n \nChildren's Hearing Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Health, is offering free hearing examinations for babies. The foundation pointed out that 2-month-old children can have their hearing ability tested. Parents who want to make inquiries can call toll-free line (08) 0088-9881. The foundation pointed out that Taiwan does not offered universal hearing examin-ation for newborns, and children with serious hearing problems were usually diagnosed at one-and-a-half years of age. The late diagnoses often resulted in the delayed development of children's hearing and speech ability. \n \n■ Business \nWTO seminars to be held \n \nStarting this week, the government will hold a series of seminars to help local businesses gain a detailed understanding of the latest developments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round Talks, according to a government official. The official from the Ministry of Economic Affairs said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the MOEA will jointly host the seminars across the country, beginning in Taipei tomorrow, followed by seminars in central Taichung and southern Kaohsiung through the middle of November. The aim of the seminars is to provide Taiwanese-based companies with the world's latest trade information and to help them grab business and investment opportunities after WTO member states reached agreement upon the so-called "July Package." \n■ Trade LatAm mission planned \n \nThe government is planning to organize a large-scale trade mission to visit Latin America early next year, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday. Addressing the opening ceremony of the Latin Plaza-Expo 2004, an exhibition of handicrafts and products from Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Latin America, Lu said that the executive branch is making preparations for the mission. During the ceremony, Lu played the marimba together with Costa Rican Ambassador in Taipei Oscar Alvarez, symbolizing the close cooperation and friendship between Taiwan and Latin American nations. Lu is scheduled to visit Central America again next spring and to attend the Democratic Pacific Union's East Pacific regional forum to be held in Costa Rica. The exhibition, being held at the Taipei World Trade Center, will run through Oct. 27. \n \n■ Nanotechnology \nSymposium opens today \n \nA Taiwan-France symposium on nanotechnology devices will open today at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu City, northern Taiwan, organizers said yesterday. The symposium is being jointly sponsored by the National Nano Device Laboratories, the National Applied Research Laboratories, the National Science Council, the Atomic Energy Commission of France, and the French Institute in Taipei. The purpose of the symposium is to provide an open forum for discussion on recent developments regarding nanotechnology devices, materials and processes, and to encourage more close cooperation between Taiwan and foreign countries, especially in the areas of advanced nanotechnologies and related applications.
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
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of