■ Fruit Tangerines sent to Brunei \n \nTaichung County is preparing to sell 36,000kg of its famous Tungshih Township tangerines to Brunei. The Tungshih Farmer's Association has in recent years been helping farmers produce and export its superb agricultural products to try to upgrade their competitive edge. The association said that Tungshih's sweet and juicy tangerines were exported to Brunei last year on a trial basis, where they proved very popular. Exports this year will increase dramatically. A first batch of 20,000kg of tangerines was shipped yesterday, with a second batch of 16,000kg scheduled to go in January. The two batches combined are worth about NT$2 million (US$62,110). \n \n■ Defense \nRand report `hypothetical' \n \nA report by the Rand Corporation that outlines a war scenario across the Taiwan Strait in 2012 is hypothetical in nature and not a prediction, a senior policy analyst at the US think tank said Thursday. In the study titled Assuring Access in Key Strategic Regions: Toward a Long-term Strategy for the US Army, Rand posited a scenario in which China attempts a conquering strategy designed to seize part of Taiwan with ground forces in 2012 with the aim of pushing Taipei directly into a fast-track framework for unification talks. Eric Larson, one of the authors of the report, said the purpose of the study is to help the US Army better understand its regional military access in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. \n \n■ Defense \nPolitician criticizes rivals \n \nDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chiu Yung-jen (邱永仁) said yesterday that what he described as the "irrational attitude" of the opposition parties to block a NT$610.8 billion (US$18.23 billion) special budget for arms purchases from the US has become a "landmine" in Taiwan's security. Chiu was responding to recent remarks by US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that Taiwan is "probably the biggest landmine" in China's relations with the US. He stressed that Armitage's remarks underscore Taiwan's need to buy advanced weaponry to defend itself. Taiwanese people have to realize that they cannot rely on others and have to beef up their defenses and have confidence in the country's ability to defend itself, he added. \n \n■ Ceremonies \nGroundbreaking held \n \nFormosa Plastics Group and Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital chairman Wang Yung-ching (王永慶) yesterday presided over a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chang-Gung Medical Center building in Chiayi County. The building will comprise 13 stories above ground, two underground floors and will accommodate 1,500 beds, according to Wang Cheng-yi, superintendent of the Chiayi Branch of Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital. The project is estimated to cost NT$8 billion (US$240.96 million) and is scheduled for completion in March 2006, he said. Calling Chiayi his "second hometown," Wang Yung-ching said Chiayi is where he started his business career and that he hopes to do something meaningful to upgrade the standard of local medical services. In the company of Chiayi Magistrate Chen Ming-wen (陳明文), the tycoon later visited the designated site of a planned retirement community.
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
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
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