KMT postpones congress
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will postpone taking over the helm of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) until Oct. 17, when the party will hold its national congress at the Hsinchuang Stadium in Taipei County, the party said yesterday. KMT spokesman Lee Chien-jung (李建榮) said that the country’s first priority was post-typhoon disaster relief, so the party decided to postpone its congress from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17 and Ma would be sworn in as party chairman at that time. The congress, which had been scheduled to be held at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, would be moved to the stadium, Lee said. Election of the party’s Central Committee members would also be put off until Sept. 27, while that that of the Central Standing Committee members would be delayed until Oct. 11, he said.
CIP debates member’s fate
The Council of Indigenous People’s (CIP) Atayal tribal representative Yun Tien-pao (雲天寶) might be penalized for not getting permission to visit China in advance, but the council has not made a decision, its personnel director Lee Ping-chou (李秉洲) said yesterday. Yun was part of an Aboriginal delegation led by Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Aboriginal Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) that visited Beijing last Wednesday. Yun said yesterday that he tendered his resignation from the council two days before he left for China. When council Minister Chang Jen-hsiang (章仁香) insisted that a resignation must be sent in one month in advance, Yun requested three days off instead. However, Yun did not explain why he had not applied for permission to travel to China.
NSC member resigns
Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) confirmed yesterday that National Security Council (NSC) adviser Tsai Hung-ming (蔡宏明) had submitted his resignation for career reasons. When asked for comment about the resignation yesterday afternoon, Wang rebutted a story in the Chinese-language Commercial Times that said Tsai had resigned because he had not seen any major progress in the government’s plan to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China. The newspaper said Tsai wanted to return to the private sector because he felt restrained within the council. Wang also dismissed rumors that the council was divided. Meanwhile, an official at the Presidential Office said the council was hoping to recruit an adviser with expertise in energy security. Tsai’s aide said he would return to the Chinese National Federation of Industries to serve as the organization’s deputy secretary-general.
Taipei to host coffee festival
Want to try coffee with an innovative flavor? Taipei City will host the 2nd Taipei Coffee Festival, with the winner of the best coffee shop to be announced on Oct. 31. Internet and cellphone users have nominated 50 coffee shops for the festival. A panel of 50 judges, made up of professional coffee connoisseurs, will select the top 30 contenders on Sept. 10. On Oct. 31, the public will be invited to a creative coffee competition at the Taipei City Hall square, where the judges will name the top three winners. Last year’s winner mixed coffee with roselle. The first runner-up won the title with coffee mixed with Muzha’s tieguanyin (鐵觀音), a Chinese tea. The second runner-up won the judge’s favor with coffee mixed with monascus purpureus.
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
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
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,