Drug test results revealed
Entertainer Suzanne Hsiao (蕭淑慎) was found to have used cocaine, while TV show hosts Tuo Tsung-kang (庹宗康) and Chu Chung-heng (屈中恆) and actors Jung Hsiung (戎祥), Hung Chi-te (洪其德) and Chang Li-wei (張立威) were found to have taken marijuana, according to drug test results released by prosecutors yesterday. Prosecutors said they would ask the court to order detention for the six. The drug tests were ordered after police raided a Taipei apartment last month and found a marijuana-growing operation. In related news, prosecutors have asked for a three-year sentence for variety show host Hu Gua (胡瓜), who installed cameras in his residence to cheat people who played mahjong with him.
Amendment moves forward
The National Defense Committee passed a second reading of an amendment to the National Defense Act (國防法) yesterday. The amendment regulates that military personnel will not be allowed to be connected to any form of political activities, including posting political articles on the Internet, participating in political activities and making political comments whether in public or in private, in uniform or out. The amendment still must go to a floor vote.
Donations sought for ride
Five physically challenged people are bicycling around Taiwan in an effort to raise money for others with physical disabilities, a Chinese Christian Relief Association (CCRA) official said yesterday. Hsiao Chao-liang (蕭潮樑), Chang Wen-yen (張文彥), Liao Yung-jen (廖永仁), Kuo Hsien-hui (郭憲輝) and Chen Chi-jen (陳麒仁) began their 14-day, 1,500km trip last Saturday. The CCRA yesterday announced an online game to attract donors for the bike tour. The game offers donors a chance to win merchandise ranging from bicycles to Christmas CDs in a lucky draw. Those interested in making a donation can visit the CCRA's Web site at www.1919.org.tw/2006/bike.
Fishy cargo leads to bust
Two men were arrested in Kaohsiung yesterday and 15 blocks of heroin weighing 15kg in total and estimated to have a market value of NT$300 million (US$9.18 million) were seized, police said. The heroin was hidden in 357 boxes of fish imported from Thailand. The two men were arrested when they came to claim the fish from a refrigerated warehouse. Investigators said they were alerted six months ago that drug dealers were trying to bring in heroin from Thailand in boxes of fish.
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
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘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