NTU’s Lee back on the job
National Taiwan University president Lee Si-chen (李嗣涔) returned to work yesterday after suffering a minor stroke. Lee was welcomed by teachers and students of the university as he walked into his office. He was rushed to the National Taiwan University Hospital on July 13. Lee, who was scheduled to discuss academic exchanges with Zhou Qifeng (周其鳳), president of Beijing University, was diagnosed as having suffered a minor stroke. Lee said his busy schedule could have caused the stroke and urged teachers to pay attention to their health.
IWAT holds coffee matinee
The International Women’s Association in Taichung (IWAT) welcomes members and non-members to join its monthly coffee morning on Aug. 26 from 10am to12pm. All those who are interested are asked to bring a dish to share. Established in 1984, IWAT is a non-profit, volunteer organization that meets on a regular basis to assist local charities, provide community services and share information about Taichung with its members. To RSVP and for directions, call Lesley at 0955-418-046.
Food festival announced
The British Trade & Cultural Office will hold its “2009 British Food Festival” with City Super supermarket from Aug. 22 through Sept. 4 to introduce new British food and drinks products to Taiwanese customers. More than 100 new products imported from the UK, including drinks, sauce, tea, biscuits and chocolate with selective flavor, will be offered, the office said. The food festival will be presented in three locations of City Super supermarket, SOGO BR4, the Mall and Tianmu Sogo Department Store.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan