Hsu named EU representative
Former director-general of the National Security Bureau Shi Hwei-yow (?? has been named the new representative to the EU, the bureau announced yesterday. Shi, a judge-turned-politician who studied in Germany and is well versed in European affairs, will take over a post that has been vacant since last November, a statement from the bureau said. During his tenures as the bureau’s deputy director and director, Shi visited various EU countries on several occasions and submitted many policy proposals for government reference, the statement said. A legal expert, Shi started his political career by heading the legal service department at the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). He later served as SEF deputy secretary-general, as well as its secretary-general and vice chairman. During those tenures, he represented Taiwan in many rounds of talks with China in the 1990s. Shi, 57, has also been vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council and head of the Coast Guard Administration.
Swine flu cases confirmed
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed another five clusters of swine flu infections, including one at a hospital. CDC spokesman Lin Ting (林頂) said that one cluster case took place at the CDC’s research department. He said 100 people were confirmed to be infected by the swine flu virus, although all of them had only minor flu symptoms. As of press time yesterday, CDC statistics showed that there were 19 cluster infections, nine severe cases and one patient had died of the disease. Lin said that a simulation by Academia Sinica showed that at least 4,340 patients would be added to the toll of swine flu infections each week and that the number would increase. The simulation’s estimates came from results that combined case history data and reported cases. Lin said at least 6,000 to 8,000 cases a week are expected by fall.
Auntie Wen-ying dies at 73
Entertainer Huang Ching-liang (黃錦涼), better known as “Auntie Wen-ying” (文英阿姨) died yesterday of lung cancer aged 73. The news of her passing was mourned by fans and friends in the entertainment industry. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) had wanted to visit her during her hospitalization, but their offers were declined. Auntie Wen-ying was a household name in Taiwan. She started her career aged 19 as a dancer in a traveling cabaret-style troupe in 1953. She appeared in 34 movies and won a Golden Horse as best female co-star in 1992 for her role as a brothel manager in Hill of No Return.
Dahu gets broadband
New Century InfoComm Tech, one of the nation’s major telecoms players, has started providing broadband services to Dahu (大湖) in Chiayi County’s Fanlu (番路) Township, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said on Wednesday. With the first broadband network for remote areas completed this year, the commission is confident of achieving its policy goal of “broadband for every tribe and village,” part of Taiwan’s telecommunications universal service program. The launch ceremony of the service was held at the township’s Dahu elementary school, the commission said. The service allows students to benefit from opportunities provided by an “e-learning” program. Of 730 Aboriginal villages, 54 still do not have access to broadband.
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
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
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
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s