■ Social Welfare \nGroup gets grant \nThe Taiwan Fund for Children and Families received a US$7,500 grant from US-based Target Corporation & AMC. The group's international grant program aims to help worldwide organizations that provide children and youth with quality education opportunities. The fund was chosen for helping create positive, welcoming and learning environments that help the young become knowledgeable, productive citizens of the global community. The group will support the fund's program for needy children in remote areas. \n■ Health \nAcupuncture shrinks breast \nA woman saw her D-cup breast shrink back to A after receiving an acupuncture treatment for pimples on her face, a doctor said on Tuesday. The woman, in her late 20s, who had saline-fill implant surgery to enlarge her breasts, recently went to an acupuncture clinic to treat her facial pimples, said Chen Huan-tang (陳煥堂) of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. "The patient was told by the acupuncturist that needling would be done on her left breast, but being too shy to tell the truth, the woman just let the acupuncturist pierce her implant," Chen said. "Weeks later, she found her left breast shrank back to A-cup, a contrast to her D-cup breast on the right, and she finally came to us for help,"Chen said. He said the small acupuncture needles damaged the saline-filled implant, resulting in leaking of the solution. "Fortunately, saline solution is not harmful to the body, or she would have suffered even more," the doctor said. But he said it took a great effort to refill the left breast to the same size as the right one. \n■ Government \nTwo ministries reprimanded \nThe Control Yuan yesterday officially complained and corrected the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of the Interior and their agencies for not responding to the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee before the Council of Grand Justices decided that they do not have to do so. The Control Yuan said that the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee Statute (三一九槍擊事件真相調查特別委員會條例) was a law passed by the Legislative Yuan and announced by the president. Before grand justices decided that the statute was partially unconstitutional and needed to be amended, the law was totally legal and should have been followed. However, under the ministries' orders, the Taiwan District Prosecutors' Office and the Criminal Investigation Bureau refused to report to the committee when asked to do so. As of press time last night, neither ministry had responded to the complaint and correction. \n■ Labor Issues \nUnions urge amendment \nThe Taiwan Conferedation of Trade Unions (TCTU) yesterday held a press conference at the Legislative Yuan, urging lawmakers to pass the TCTU's version of the Third Labor Law (勞動三法) amendment draft during this legislative session. According to the TCTU, its amendment draft includes proposals regarding the autonomy rights of labor unions, more freedom in the structure of unions, diverse negotiation channels to handle labor disputes and a regulation which stipulates that without providing a proper reason, an employer has no right to refuse signing a contract with a labor union.
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
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
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day