Su questioned about money
Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) appeared yesterday at the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office's Special Investigation Section to be questioned about a NT$100,000 political donation which prosecutors suspect was a bribe. Su was called in by prosecutors probing allegations that the Chinese Medicine Association had bribed lawmakers to support an amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (藥事法). The questioning lasted approximately two hours. As he left the prosecutors' office, Su said that he was merely helping prosecutors clarify things. "The money was a political donation. I came to help prosecutors clarify dates and specific details about the donation. They understand that I am innocent," he said.
CEC members reappointed
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) reappointed all 16 members of the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday for another three-year term. A statement from the Presidential Office said that commission chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung (張政雄) would continue to head the group. The commissioners' tenure expired last Saturday. By law, the commission must install 11 to 19 members for a three-year tenure.
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Taiwanese vanish in PRC
Almost 100 Taiwanese businesspeople have died and nearly 300 gone missing over the years in China, while their firms are increasingly hit by sudden legal changes, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday. The 94 deaths and 339 disappearances in China since it opened up to Taiwanese investment were among 1,878 incidents reported by Taiwanese investors, Chen said. About 1,160 incidents involved personal safety, he said. "These statistics may just be the tip of the iceberg, and they show that strengthening the protection of Taiwanese and their property is something we can't go easy on," Chen said. Local governments in China have also sprung a number of sudden legal changes on factory owners recently, such as costly new environmental regulations, he said. However, Andrew Yeh (葉春榮), president-elect of the Taiwanese Businesses Association in Dongguan,China, said that China was generally not hazardous for Taiwanese businesspeople. "Whatever the problems are, it's still a good investment," Yeh said. "Only if I were to lose money would I not go there."
CTOT plans birthday parties
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) will host a series of events in Kaohsiung to celebrate Canada's 140th birthday. The celebration will begin on Tuesday at the Kaohsiung Film Archive, where the CTOT will host the First Canadian Animation Festival in Kaohsiung until July 12. The office is working with the Kaohsiung Film Archive to organize a half-day animation seminar to connect Canada's experience with Kaohsiung's animators. The seminar will feature David Baas, a Canadian animation director who won an Oscar last year for his excellence in animation, and Alex Liao, a digital artist of animation software company Softimage. As Kaohsiung is home to many young Canadians, the office will hold a party at a pub run by Canadians next Wednesday. The final event will be a "Canada Village" in front of the Film Archive on June 30, which will offer Canadian food and drink, building products, as well as information on education and tourism opportunities.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness