Kao leads delegation to PRC
Kao Koong-lian (高孔廉), secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), is scheduled to visit regions adjacent to the Bohai Sea in northern China from today until July 11 to promote Chinese investment in Taiwan. Kao said that apart from encouraging Chinese enterprises to invest in Taiwan, he would also help to set up cooperation channels for companies on the two sides of the Strait and would explore feasible opportunities for Taiwanese businesses. Kao will lead a delegation to Qingdao in handong Province and Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning Province. Over the past year, SEF personnel have held several seminars for Taiwanese businesses in the Yangzhe River Delta, Pearl River Delta and coastal areas of Fujian Province, where there are higher concentrations of businesses from Taiwan, he said.
National flags prepared
The national flags of 105 countries and areas have been prepared for the July 16 opening ceremony of the World Games in Kaohsiung. The flags will be distributed by the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) and will be flown at the various stadiums, venues and exhibitions related to the Games. The flags cost the organizers NT$900,000, the KOC said. The Games, which will run through July 26, are expected to attract participants from the 105 countries and areas, with the 4,000 competing athletes representing 90 nationalities. During the 11-day competition, 26 official sports, five invitational sports and various other activities and exhibitions are scheduled. The KOC said there would be at least six events per day, with some days seeing as many as 14 events.
Corruption report out soon
The Executive Yuan plans to make public a report on alleged corruption in the military on Wednesday and present an action plan “to clean up the government,” Vice Minister of Justice (MOJ) Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) said yesterday. Huang said the Ministry of Defense (MND) and his ministry had both presented their reports to the Executive Yuan, but he declined to reveal any of the contents before they are published on Wednesday at a Central Integrity Council meeting to be chaired by Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄). The Council is composed of 15 Cabinet members and three experts representing civil organizations — Red Cross Society of the Republic of China president C.V. Chen (陳長文), Hung Yung-tai (洪永泰), a professor of politics at National Taiwan University and chairman of Transparency International-Taiwan, and Chilik Yu (余致力), a professor of public administration at Shih Hsin University.
Students set off on canoes
A group of students set off from the northeastern coast yesterday on a round-the-nation canoeing trip, hoping to use the challenging voyage to convey their love for their homeland and the sea and to promote water sports. More than 30 National Taiwan Ocean University students and recent graduates will row three two-man canoes in a 1,006km relay that will take one and a half months to complete. The canoes set off from Dawulun beach in Keelung City and will circumnavigate Taiwan in an anti-clockwise direction. Huang Wei-lun (黃偉倫), head of the round-the-nation canoeing team, said that while students take turns rowing, the others will take a boat and photograph the canoes, the coastal landscape and ecological changes along the coast.
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,