Chen hails name change
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday commended the renaming of a maritime technology college in Shezi (社子), saying that it reflected the status of Taiwan. The China College of Marine Technology and Commerce changed its name to Taipei College of Maritime Technology on Wednesday. Its status was upgraded from a two-year vocational college to a four-year vocational college. Speaking at a ceremony yesterday morning, Chen said the school had been right to change its name. Founded in 1966, China Marine College changed its name to China College of Marine Technology and Commerce in 1998 and became a two-year vocational college. The school later expanded to a second campus in Tamsui, Taipei County. The school plans to become a technology university in 2011.
COA bans meat from UK
The Council of Agriculture (COA) has temporarily banned imports of meat and related products from the UK after London announced an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a farm in Britain, an official said yesterday. Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Director Sung Hua-tsung (宋華聰) said that pork, mutton and beef imports from the UK were banned on Saturday, shortly after the British government announced the outbreak. Sung said that the ban would have little impact on the local market since British meat products constitute only a tiny fraction of the nation's total meat imports.
CWB watching typhoon
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Pabuk, the sixth tropical storm of this year, formed yesterday afternoon, and a sea warning for Bashi Channel might be issued later today if the storm continues on its present path. The center of Pabuk was located 1,090km away from the southeast coast of Okinawa yesterday, moving west-southwest at a speed of 24kph. The maximum wind speed near the storm's center was measured at 65kph. The bureau said the typhoon was 1,600km away from Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, and was likely to move toward Taiwan. The bureau was also monitoring another tropical low pressure system that was located near the coast of Vietnam, which was likely to turn into a tropical storm as well. The bureau also said that western Taiwan will likely see thunderstorms and showers over the next two to five days because of a receding ridge of high pressure in the Pacific.
Chen launches bike tour
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) presided over a ceremony in front of the Presidential Office yesterday to launch an 11-day, 1,000km round-the-nation cycling trip. Organized by the Sports Affairs Council, 150 cyclists -- a record for the five-year-old tour -- are taking part in the ride, mostly college students from the US, the UK, Denmark, Ukraine, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau and Taiwan. They will visit 18 cities and counties and 100 townships during their trip, which is sponsored by Farglory Business Group. The company has paid for an insurance policy for each cyclist and a paramedic vehicle to accompany the cyclists on their journey.
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