MRT paraphernalia on sale
To celebrate the New Year, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) is releasing a limited edition mass rapid transit ticket album featuring the signs of the Chinese zodiac on Tuesday. Since the release of the first Chinese zodiac ticket in 1997, purchasing the tickets has become a tradition for many MRT memorabilia collectors. The book has pages to collect tickets for all 12 zodiac animals.
Land return bill approved
The legislature's Home and Nations Committee yesterday approved legislation aiming to return ownership of lands originally occupied by aborigines. The main author of the bill, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Yang Jen-fu (楊仁福), accused his own party of illegally expropriating land from aboriginal people. The bill will be placed on the legislative agenda for further discussion and a vote.
Stars suspected of drug use
Police began questioning yesterday of local entertainers suspected of taking marijuana. Nine entertainers have been questioned, but none detained. The investigation began when Cheng Po-keng (鄭伯耕) was discovered cultivating marijuana in his apartment. Yesterday's questioning began with Tuo Tsung-kang (庹宗康), Chu Chung-heng (屈中恆) and Michael Huang (黃仲崑), all well-known hosts and actors.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US