Help for Kaohsiung farmers
The Council of Agriculture began accepting applications yesterday for subsidies for Kaohsiung County growers of corn, onions, leafy vegetables and cauliflowers who suffered crop losses when Typhoon Jangmi swept in late last month. Cash subsidies of NT$12,000 per hectare will be offered to eligible farmers, the county’s Bureau of Agriculture said. The county suffered total crop losses of NT$60 million (US$1.85 million) during Typhoon Jangmi. Regulations state that losses must top NT$90 million for a county to qualify for low-interest loans and NT$180 million to be eligible for cash subsidies. Affected growers can take documents of proof of their crop losses to the nearest agricultural affairs office in their jurisdiction. Applications will be accepted until next Wednesday. Following the screening of the applications by the bureau and the Agriculture and Food Agency, the subsidies will be immediately paid to qualified farmers.
Lai appointment confirmed
Asked by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) whether Deputy Minister of the Interior Lai Feng-wei (賴峰偉) would fill the vacancy left by Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川), Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Kao Lang (高朗) confirmed yesterday that Lai had been tapped to be the other deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office. Kao made the remarks during a question-and-answer session at the legislature’s Judiciary, Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.
Lai withdraws from TSU
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) last night announced her withdrawal from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), ending her four-year relationship with the party. Lai’s decision came shortly after the TSU central executive committee said it would expel her from the party if she did not quit her position as -chairwoman within the next three days. The committee said the decision was made after five months of observation of a string of pro-China policies by the government, as well as Lai’s role as chairwoman, the TSU said. In her withdrawal statement, Lai said she had accepted her position with the blessing of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), the spiritual leader of the TSU, and that it has been her goal to open trade policies and minimize their impact on Taiwanese, as well as to maintain the nation’s dignity in the exchanges. “Today, after learning of the decision of the TSU’s central executive committee, I was surprised, puzzled and deeply sorry,” Lai said.
IFJ probes allegation
An international media watchdog said yesterday it was probing allegations that the Taiwanese government tried to influence local coverage of China’s tainted milk powder scandal. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said the Government Information Office (GIO) asked a news agency to change its coverage of the milk powder scandal, the latest in a recent string of demands against the nation’s media. It said it was still investigating the charges and did not offer details of the changes that were allegedly requested. The GIO called the IFJ’s claim “groundless and misleading,” saying it was “based on false stories by reporters whose interests are at stake in the issues concerned.” Local coverage of the milk powder scandal, which has killed at least four children in China and prompted removals of Chinese-made goods from shelves around the world, has raised consumers’ fears of imported dairy products.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung