Marathon boosts charities
This year's ING Taipei International Marathon raised NT$1.8 million for charity, with the funds divided among five charities, according to a spokesman for ING Antai, which organized the event. The marathon has been held since 2004 and this year's event attracted a record 110,000 runners. Of the funds, NT$440,000 was donated to the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders, NT$350,000 to the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and NT$370,000 each to the Preparatory Committee for the 2009 Taipei Deaflympics Games and the Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf. ING also donated NT$270,000 to World Vision International on behalf of participants in the Kid's Mini Marathon category to help disadvantaged children around the world.
`Three links' to be expanded
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday announced that more people will be allowed to take advantage of the "small three links" between Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu and China's Fujian Province. MAC Vice Chairman Johnnason Liu (劉德勳) said the council made the decision after examining the effect of the policy which was implemented in 2001. However, no timetable has been announced as to when the new measures would take effect. The "small three links" refer to shipping, postal and trade links between the islands and Fujian. So far, only residents of the three islands are allowed to travel directly to China via the links. Liu said that under the new measures, veterans not from Fujian will be able to go there via the small three links and associations of industry and commerce could hold exhibitions or meetings via the three small links.
Immigration office switch
The Immigration Office under the National Police Agency (NPA), Ministry of the Interior (MOI), will become the Immigration Administration directly under the MOI on Tuesday. The new administration will handle all visa and Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)-related matters for foreigners. In Taipei, such duties were previously handled by the Foreign Affairs Division of the Taipei City Police Department until yesterday. Taipei-based foreign visitors and residents in need of visa or ARC-related services should visit the administration's office at 15 Guangzhou Street in Zhongzheng District, Taipei (北市中正區廣州街十五號) beginning on Tuesday. Offices will also be opening in the 24 other county and municipal jurisdictions nationwide, according to the ministry.
Ministry unveils `Land Plan'
The Ministry of the Interior announced yesterday that it would submit two bills to the Cabinet to improve land and coastal management nationwide. Saying that the country's "impressive economic development" had come at the cost of the environment in many cases, Deputy Interior Minister Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) said the time had come to standardize land management policy. The ministry's "Land Plan" calls for "environmental impact" fees to be paid by land developers and for stricter management of protected areas and national parks, according to a ministry press release. The coastal management bill, meanwhile, seeks to preserve fishery and other ocean resources, ministry officials said. Under the bill, coastal ecosystems would be better protected by facilitating coordination between the Coast Guard, local-level government and other relevant authorities.
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