US measures extended
The US has extended an emergency amendment on flight security inspections until Monday, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. The emergency amendment, issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), asked all passengers traveling to the US to have their carry-on luggage rechecked at boarding gates. The CAA said last week that the tightened security measures would apply to passengers traveling between Dec. 25 and Dec. 30. However, the TSA informed the CAA on Thursday morning the new inspection requirement would be in place until Monday. The inspection will focus on liquids, gels and aerosol sprays, the CAA said, urging passengers to contact airlines directly if they had doubts about the new flight safety requirements.
NT$2bn pledged to baseball
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said on Thursday that the government would invest more than NT$2 billion (US$62.6 million) over the next four years to revitalize local baseball. The endeavors will include reforming the baseball competition system, increasing the number of players and providing incentives for students to take up the sport, Ma said, adding that the government will mobilize all available resources to ensure that “2010, the first year of a baseball revival,” is “not a mere slogan.” Ma said schools should improve the ways in which physical education is provided so that students “know more than just how to play ball.” He said he hoped that the sport would not be ruined by game-rigging scandals.
DPP mulls Kaohsiung race
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it would name its candidate for the mayoral election of the new special municipality to be formed by the merger of Kaohsiung City and County by late March. DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said the party’s Central Standing Committee would complete its nomination process next month or by the end of March and he hoped that “it will be a peaceful competition.” Incumbent Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), both of whom enjoy high approval ratings, have shown a keen interest in vying for the post in an election to be held in December. Chen urged the committee to field an eligible candidate who could meet voters’ expectations and stressed that the candidate’s selection must not cause a split within the party.
Exercise rate creeps up
A recent survey conducted by the Sports Affairs Council showed that 24.4 percent of the population regularly exercised three times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time last year, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 2008. The results of the council’s survey on the exercise habits of people in the nation’s 25 cities and counties showed that walking was the most popular exercise, performed by 31.7 percent of respondents, followed by hiking (21.9 percent), cycling (21.1 percent) and basketball (18.9 percent). The annual poll has identified walking as the nation’s most popular form of exercise for three years straight. Hiking rose to second from fifth a year before, while jogging fell to fifth from second place, officials said. The survey was based on 25,518 valid responses from all 25 cities and counties, including Kinmen and Matsu. Council official Wu Lung-shan (吳龍山) said the council would allocate NT$1.6 billion (US$50 million) over the next four years to popularize exercising.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public