Lu's bodyguard dismissed
One of Vice President Annette Lu's (呂秀蓮) bodyguards is to be discharged after he allegedly took photographs of a female secretary at the Presidential Office while she was in the bathroom, the Presidential Office said yesterday. Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said the office dealt with the matter as soon as it learned of the incident. "Our position is clear: The person in question must receive the harshest punishment possible," Lee said. The bodyguard in question has received a major demerit and been sent back to the National Security Bureau, Lee said, adding that the person would receive an early discharge by the end of the month. Lee made the remarks after a report in the Chinese-language Next magazine.
Wanted: best Taipei shops
Ahead of the Lunar New Year, the Taipei City Government has invited the public to recommend their favorite shops for traditional foods and products for a shopping Web site. The city's Department of Economic Development said the annual "Big Street New Year Shopping Festival" would include five streets well-known for traditional products during the holiday season: Dihua Street (迪化街), Ningxia Street (寧夏街), Huayin Street (華陰街), Taipei Underground Street and the shops directly north of Taipei Main Station. The department will also establish a "2008 Taipei New Year supplies Web site" this year to place shopping orders online. It invited the public to recommend the best shops for traditional products by Jan. 5 online at www.tcooc.taipei.gov.tw/buy/.
Changes at Democracy Hall
Ministry of Education Secretary-General Chuang Kuo-jung (莊國榮) announced yesterday that the main hall of the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall would be reopened next Tuesday following some changes. "The main hall with a statue of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) will be reopened on Jan. 1," Chuang told a press conference at the ministry. "While the statue will remain, a rigid frame will be constructed around the statue where photos, names and the stories of victims of political repression will be displayed." Chuang said the move was to show historical facts and to "dispel the myth behind Chiang Kai-shek." The exact time of the reopening would be announced at a later date, he said.
Hsieh backs flight expansion
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said that if elected, he would expand cross-strait charter flights and allow round-trip, multiple destination flight services. Hsieh also pledged to lower entertainment taxes, except for golf, and to review the necessity of similar forms of taxation. Visa fees should also be relaxed, he said, adding that there should not be any problem allowing more Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan. He said that cross-strait charter flights were implemented during his term as premier, but was unilaterally suspended by Beijing. He thought it was a good idea to connect cross-strait flight services with tourism, adding that round-trip, multiple-destination flight services would be a good way to skirt the controversial issue of international or domestic routes.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,