More flu cases recorded
The Central Epidemic Command Center reported seven new A(H1N1) cases yesterday, bringing the nation's total tally for swine flu to 51. All of the new cases were overseas infections, the center told a press conference. Four of the cases came from Thailand — two male students aged 21 and 22, one 25-year-old female student and a 28-year-old man, the center said. The other three cases were from the US — two 18-year-old students and a 31-year-old man of Thai nationality, it said. All seven are now in quarantine, the center said.
Ou positive on Panama
Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) expressed optimism on Sunday about ties with Panama. Ou arrived in Panama City on Sunday for a two-day visit to promote bilateral cooperation and boost Taipei's knowledge of the incoming Panamanian government's policies and priorities, he said in an interview with the Central News Agency. Ou said he believed that relations with Panama, which date back to 1954, would remain stable and solid. Ou was scheduled to meet Panamanian president-elect Ricardo Martinelli and his incoming foreign minister, Juan Carlos Varela. He was also to give a briefing on Taiwan's development and offer Taiwanese assistance to aid Panama's economic development, Ou said. Martinelli and Varela will assume office on July 1.
Rights covenant sent to UN
The government has sent instruments of ratification for two UN human rights covenants to the UN Secretariat for deposit through four of its diplomatic allies, Taiwan's representative office in the US said on Saturday. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) signed the UN-sponsored International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into law on May 14, a move that ensures implementation of the two human rights treaties under the country's domestic laws. As Taiwan lost its China seat in the UN in 1971, it asked the UN ambassadors of Palau, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize and Gambia to refer the ratification documents to the UN Secretariat on June 8 for deposit. The action marked completion of the legal procedures for ratifying the two covenants, sources close to the representative office said. The UN Secretariat has so far not commented on Taiwan's ratification of the two pacts.
Chen Chu rates high: poll
Kaohsiung City Government has earned the acclaim of its residents after completing several public infrastructure projects, a survey by the city's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said. The poll conducted between June 7 and June 9 found that 72.4 percent of 1,081 respondents were satisfied with the city government's performance, up 7.6 percentage points from a similar survey conducted last month. Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), of the Democratic Progressive Party, had a 76 percent approval rating, while 11.6 percent of respondents expressed disapproval. The poll also found that 81.5 percent of those surveyed said they felt proud to be a resident of the city, while 8.6 percent held an opposing view. Those who expressed dissatisfaction with the government's administrative performance complained about the poor quality of city roads, haphazard road construction, chaotic traffic, dirty and disorderly streets, poor public safety, high unemployment and air pollution, the poll showed.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up