■ Unions \nNo strike on election day \nResponding to media reports of a possible strike by Chunghwa Telecom Workers Union (CTWU) members on election day, CTWU president Chung Hsu-chung (張緒中) said the labor union would not initiate a strike on Saturday and disrupt the poll. "We will not take to the streets on election day," Chung said. "I can guarantee that if anyone tries to hamper voting on the day, it won't be by Chunghwa Telecom workers." Prior to the union's rally on Sunday, at which more than 17,000 workers passed a resolution to strike, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications warned that those who destroy telecommunications facilities will be breaking the law. Chung said the ministry's allegation was baseless. "We never threatened to destroy facilities on election day and we will not act out the script they wrote for us," he said. Chung said the "misleading reports" in some newspapers may be part of a smear campaign against the union. \n■ Health \nTaipei warned of virus \nEnterovirus infections in Taipei City have increased since the middle of last month, an official from the city's Department of Health said yesterday, adding that a total of 673 cases were reported by local clinics and hospitals during the period from Nov. 16-29. The figure shows a major growth compared with the 237 cases reported in the same period of last year, Tsai Yi-chen (蔡宜真) said, quoting data compiled by the department. Tsai said schools reported that a total of 19 classes of students have been forced to stay home due to the outbreak during the two-week period and as of yesterday, four classes were still closed. However, Tsai said this year's outbreak has mainly been caused by the less severe Coxsackie viruses rather than the more serious Enterovirus 71. The cases are lasting longer than in past years though and therefore, the public should stay alert and pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene to prevent infection, he said. \n■ Education \nEducators meet in Hsinchu \nThe 7th East Asia Education Forum will be held in Hsinchu on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, with 60 delegates from Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The forum, organized by the National Teachers' Association, will discuss the status of teachers and educational reform. The forum will also review Taiwan's educational climate by soliciting the opinions of overseas delegates, the organizers said. The organizing committee will also familiarize delegates with Chinese culture with a visit to the National Palace Museum in Taipei as well as Taiwanese history with trips to various places of historical importance in Hsinchu, they added. \n■ Business \nConference on textiles held \nA three-day textile conference organized by government and industry representatives to discuss various textile-related topics opened in Taipei yesterday. The Technical Textile Conference and Exhibition seeks to discuss health, medical care, warning labels and digital watermarks issues in the textile industry. A total of 32 panel discussions will be held during the three-day meeting, which will also feature 164 of the latest innovations in textile products developed by Taiwanese firms. Addressing the opening ceremony, Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) said that Taiwan's industrial-use textile production accounts for only 2 percent of world's total output.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu