New party to hold meeting
The newly established Taiwan Farmers Party will hold a commissioners meeting next Thursday to hammer out strategies to boost the party's development and recruit more members, party sources said. The party, headquartered in Kaohsiung County, formed a 23-member Development Commission at its inaugural meeting on Friday. During the commission's first meeting, a liaison officer will be selected to represent the party in engagements with other political parties and government authorities, the sources said. The party, which has vowed to fight for farmers and fishermen's rights and interests, seeks to establish effective tactics and strategies to win at least 5 percent of the vote in the upcoming legislative elections in order to secure two to three at-large legislative seats, the sources said.
Australia to import mangoes
The Australian government has agreed to import mangoes from Taiwan, in a major breakthrough in bilateral trade relations, officials of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia announced on Monday. The breakthrough is the result of a three-year effort to persuade the Australian government to import the Taiwanese fruit, the officials said. The announcement came after Australian quarantine officials came to Taiwan to inspect mango farms and other related facilities at the end of last month, officials said. Mangoes are a tropical fruit in season during the summer. Therefore, during the southern hemisphere winter, Australian consumers will be able to enjoy imported Taiwanese mangoes, the officials said.
Pendants endanger kids
Doctors are warning parents not to let their infants wear pendants, necklaces or pacifiers attached to strings around their necks after a Taiwanese girl was strangled to death by the string of her pendant. The incident occurred in Hsinchu County on April 19. The girl died on Monday after lying in a coma for two months, the Chinese-language Apple Daily and the United Daily News reported. The two dailies said the parents of the one-year-old girl had gotten a longevity pendant from a temple and tied it around the girl's neck with a string. On April 19, the girl was playing in a baby's bed with her two-year-old sister when the string of her pendant got caught on an iron bar of the baby bed, strangling her. When the mother, surnamed Lee, realized something was wrong, she rushed into the room, but her daughter was already unconscious. The girl's mother, 28, was charged with homicide, which carries a maximum two-year jail term.
Bureau urges cuts
The Environmental Protection Bureau of the Taipei City Government is urging business and the public to cooperate in a drive that will start on July 1 to wipe out over-packaging and reduce waste. According to bureau officials, during a random inspection of food gift boxes last month, four out of 10 gift boxes were over-packaged. Most of the over-packaged items were chicken essence products. Since July last year, the Environmental Protection Administration has implemented increasingly strict regulations targeting over-packaged gift boxes containing cakes, cosmetics, liquor, computer software and video games, bureau officials said.
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
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