Son seeks ‘normal’ life
Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) son Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) said he wished he had been born into an ordinary family. In a letter published in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) yesterday, Chen Chih-chung said that an ordinary person constantly under media scrutiny like him would have gone mad had he or she not known how to deal with pressure. His heart ached because his wife had come under tremendous pressure since they got married, he wrote, going on to dismiss media reports of tension between his wife and his mother. He said that it was unfair to say members of the first family all enjoyed high position and great wealth because what came with high status was a burden. If he had a choice, he said he would like to be himself and he had only experienced such joy when he was studying in the US. He also said potential employers had been frightened by his background.
Special center for Games
Kaohsiung City’s Police Bureau will establish a security center on April 1 to prevent terrorism attacks before and during the World Games, bureau Director Tsai Chun-chang (蔡俊章) said yesterday. City officials and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee had been holding weekly meetings to prepare for all kinds of security scenarios, he said. Meanwhile, Wang Chung-jung (汪忠榮), director of the bureau’s traffic control team, said extra effort would be made between next month and June to clamp down on drivers who fail to allow pedestrians to cross zebra crossings first. “We don’t want international athletes and tourists to arrive in Kaohsiung and be shocked [by drivers who do not respect the pedestrian’s right of way],” Wang said.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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
MEDICINAL HERB: The FRIL protein extracted from hyacinth beans helped laboratory mice survive H1N1 infection and effectively neutralized the coronavirus A protein isolated from hyacinth beans, a medicinal herb known for centuries, has been found to restrict the activities of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses in laboratory experiments, a team of Academia Sinica researchers said yesterday. The beans’ curative effect is documented in the 16th-century Chinese medicine classic Compendium of Materia Medica (本草綱目) and they are also a food source in some countries, the Genomics Research Center’s Chemical Biology Division Director Alex Ma (馬徹) told a news conference in Taipei. Center senior research specialist Jan Jia-tsrong (詹家琮) experimented with up to 500 medicinal herbs to see if they could restrict influenza viruses and