Wang to tender resignation
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), who also doubles as a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman, said yesterday that he will tender his resignation to KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) sometime today. Wang made the statement after meeting Lien, who returned to Taiwan earlier in the day to a warm greeting from party officials yesterday. Wang and KMT chairman-elect Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) were among those who greeted Lien upon his arrival at CKS International Airport. The two shook hands without having further interaction. Lien, who had traveled to Washington to attend a meeting of the International Democrat Union, said that he was extremely proud of the election, and that he had called the two candidates afterward to congratulate one and give his regards to the other.
KMT lawmaker quits party
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chang Sho-wen (張碩文) of Yunlin County yesterday officially withdrew from the party, dropping the number of pan-blue lawmakers in the legislature's Procedure Committee down to 18 from 19. There are 16 pan-green lawmakers on the committee. The number of independent lawmakers will increase to two if Chang eventually decides to join the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union. Chang yesterday, however, said that he is not considering joining any party at the moment and needs some time to think about his future. Chang's departure was triggered by his displeasure over "defamatory" remarks made during the party's chairmanship election campaign by the supporters of KMT chairman-elect Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) about his father, Chang Hui-yuan (張輝元). Chang Hui-yuan supported Ma's election rival, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). The Ma camp claimed that over 8,000 party members registered in the party's Yunlin chapter did not exist.
Officials perform in English
In the hope that Taiwan can become a country free of communication barriers and synchronize with the pace of globalization, the Central Personnel Administration has been actively promoting the English ability of civil servants and urging institutes to create an English-friendly environment. "We expect that, by the end of 2007, over 50 percent of civil servants under the Executive Yuan, including 16,000 positions for which English is required, will have passed the elementary level of the General English Proficiency Test [GEPT], which means having basic ability in English and the ability to understand and use rudimentary language needed for daily office hours," said Chang Chun-yen (張俊彥), the chief of the agency.
Cross-strait debate to begin
A three-day debating tournament between university students from both sides of the Taiwan Strait will begin on Sunday, with the participation of 12 teams, officials at the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said. The event, to be held at the Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center in Taipei, will be the largest exchange program between the youths of Taiwan and China to date, the officials noted. It is sponsored by the Chinese Development Fund, a non-profit organization created by the MAC to promote cross-strait civilian exchanges. Noting that this will be the first time such an event will take place in Taiwan, the MAC officials said they hope the exchanges between the youths of Taiwan and China will be strengthened through this event.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
PILLAGING PENGHU: A 7,539-tonne Chinese ship found mining sand in the Formosa Banks area was escorted by several CGA ships to a Kaohsiung harbor The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday announced that it had dispatched ships to intercept Chinese dredging vessels operating in the nation’s territorial waters near Penghu and detained 10 crew members, who were transported to Kaohsiung. A coast guard patrol discovered more than 20 dredging vessels in an area known as the Formosa Banks, 46 nautical miles (85km) southwest of Penghu County’s Cimei islet (七美) at about 5am on Wednesday. The agency responded by dispatching two patrol boats, the 3,000-tonne Kaohsiung and the 500-tonne Penghu, along with two frigates, to intercept the Chinese vessels, while an airborne observation unit was used to monitor
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease