Taiwan not in Abbott recall
Department of Health officials yesterday said the brand of Abbott Laboratories powdered infant formula that the company has reported as contaminated is not imported into Taiwan. Abbott launched a voluntary mass recall of 5 million cans of its Similac brand powdered infant formula on Wednesday, saying it might be contaminated by insects, which could induce stomach pains and harm the digestive system. The Similac brand is distributed in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and certain Caribbean countries, but it has not been found in this country, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. However, officials said that the agency would continue to investigate and seek more details from Abbott.
China to borrow painting
The National Taiwan Museum plans to loan a treasured painting to China, the first such exchange with China, officials said yesterday. Previous Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected because the government feared the works might be confiscated. The National Taiwan Museum said it plans to loan a 17th-century portrait of the Ming Dynasty general Koxinga (國姓爺) — also known as Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功) and other art treasures to the Hubei Provincial Museum and another museum in Fujian Province for exhibitions next year. “We support the government’s policy of promoting cultural exchanges with the mainland,” said Li Tzu-ning (李子寧), an official at the National Taiwan Museum. In return, the Hubei museum will loan more than 100 items to the National Taiwan Museum for an exhibition scheduled for November, Li said. The National Palace Museum has said it was unlikely to loan its items to China in the absence of guarantees they would not be retained.
Plagiarist stripped of award
A man who won a poster design competition to promote copyright protection has been stripped of his prize after he was exposed as a copycat, officials said yesterday. The man, identified only by his surname, Wu (吳), apologized and admitted that his design was copied from a work by Dutch artist Dennis Sibeijn featuring a paper plane and, ironically, titled Truth. Wu was ordered to return the NT$50,000 prize he won in the contest last year when he was a university student. His deception was discovered after a commuter recognized Sibeijn’s work on a billboard of Wu’s design in a Taipei subway station and reported it to the Intellectual Property Office. The posters have now been removed from all subway stations, but officials warned that if Sibeijn files a lawsuit against Wu, he could face a jail term of up to three years or a fine of NT$750,000.
Delegation visits Canada
A 10-member delegation from the Taiwan High Court visited the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday in an effort to gain an understanding of the Canadian judicial system. Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith briefed the delegation on her court’s duties and functions. The delegation, led by Taiwan High Court Chief Justice Kuo Ya-mei (郭雅美), also held discussions with two judges Randall Echlin and Geoffrey Morawetz on the differences in the two countries’ court systems, commercial laws, bankruptcy laws and arbitration systems. Kuo said the discussions were meaningful and helpful. “What we learned during the visit could be a useful reference for judicial reforms in the future,” she said. The delegation will visit other Canadian judicial institutions until Tuesday.
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
‘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
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day