Breastfeeding bill drafted
Taiwan is to protect the right of nursing mothers to breastfeed in public, with hefty fines for those who try to stop them as part of a campaign to promote the practice, officials said yesterday. The government’s Bureau of Health Promotion is drafting a bill that would impose a penalty of up to NT$30,000 for anyone attempting to prevent breastfeeding in public, a bureau official said. “Public breastfeeding is a global trend and we want to ensure a better environment for mothers to nurse their babies,” said the official, who works for the bureau’s women and children affairs’ division. The bill will require final approval by the legislature. The rule came after an outcry over an earlier incident when five women were forced to leave a museum in Taipei after they were found to be openly nursing their babies. The bureau said it would air a commercial featuring mothers nursing their children in various public places, including a department store and a train station, to promote the concept.
Pet Carnival planned
The fifth annual Pet Carnival will be held by the non-profit Animals Taiwan between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 in Taipei. The event will run from 1pm to 9pm at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi New Life Square in Xinyi District (信義), the event organizer said. The festivities will include performances and contests as selling pet-related items. More information can be found by visiting www.animalstaiwan.org or phoning (02) 2833-8820. Those interested in being volunteers at the Pet Carnival can also contact Animals Taiwan’s volunteer coordinator Lilian Lim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’
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
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US