SEF to help woman's family
The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said late on Friday night it would help the family of a murdered Taiwanese businesswoman travel to Shanghai to deal with her affairs. Chen Yi-chun (陳怡君), a 30-year-old jeans designer from Taipei City, was found dead at her residence in Shanghai on Friday. A preliminary investigation by Shanghai police showed that she was murdered during the course of a robbery, a foundation spokesman said. The foundation will help the family members with paperwork and other requirements so that they can go to Shanghai as soon as possible, the spokesman said. The foundation, a quasi-official organization authorized to handle exchanges with China in the absence of official ties with Beijing, has asked its Chinese counterpart to urge the Shanghai police to fully investigate Chen's death.
Syringes offered in Tainan
Drug addicts in Tainan County will be able to get syringe kits and needles from vending machines in 16 locations starting this week, a Tainan County official said. Tainan County Deputy Magistrate Yen Chun-tzuo (顏純左) said on Friday the vending machines will offer a package containing a pair of syringes with needles, two condoms and rubbing alcohol swabs for NT$10. He added that the county government will sign agreements with convenience stores to also provide free syringes and needles to drug addicts on a 24-hour basis. The Tainan county government implemented a program in October 2005 to supply free needles to drug users in an attempt to curb the spread of AIDS. Although some critics see the measure as encouraging drug users to continue their habits, the county government said it would expand the program, Yen said. He described the service as successful because the number of HIV carriers in Taiwan dropped from 3,392 in 2005 to 2,981 last year.
`Children's Day' mulled
The government is considering designating May 15 as "Children's Day" to raise public awareness of threats to children's safety in public and private places, Ministry of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said yesterday. Lee said his ministry recently called a meeting with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Department of Health and the National Communications Committee to discuss the issue amid an increase in the number of accidents involving children. Twenty-three kindergartners died on May 15, 1992, when the minibus transporting them to a picnic in Taipei burst into flames, sending a great shock throughout the country.
Assets vote drive stepped up
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is gearing up to solicit greater public support for its campaign demanding that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) return its stolen assets. According to DPP officials, the party will set up booths today in cities and counties across the country to win further public endorsement for its campaign. At the booth erected on the plaza in front of Taipei Railway Station, carnations will be presented to people who sign the petition, a DPP official added. The DPP said it had collected over 750,000 signatures for the campaign as of Friday, and predicted it may hit the target for the referendum process' second-phase, one-million signatures, next month or in July.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘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
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,