Council mulls options
The Sports Affairs Council (SAC) yesterday said it had collected all the evidence on the disqualification of taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun (楊淑君) at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, last month and would look at various scenarios before choosing the proper course of action. “We will fight for the scenario that is most advantageous to us,” the council said in a statement. The statement came after media reported that the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was preparing to handle Yang’s disqualification and her refusal to leave the ring afterward, which delayed other bouts, as separate matters. The WTF could punish Yang and her coach for the latter, and the possible rulings could include barring Yang and her coach from participating in international competition, the reports said. The council said the Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association had until tomorrow to submit a written report about Yang’s case.
TEDxMonga holds conference
TEDxMonga will hold its first conference at National Taiwan University today, featuring more than a dozen talks and presentations from Taiwan-based artists, educators, scientists and businesspeople. The non-profit organization, whose role is to promote “ideas worth spreading,” is teaming up with local, self-organized events to invite local speakers to share their experiences. TEDxMonga’s event theme is “Make It Real” and aims to put the spotlight on Taiwan’s successes and innovations in fields ranging from architecture and animation to science and entrepreneurship.
Food draws foreign students
Taiwan’s fruit and its food have become major attractions for Japanese students in Taiwan, a student delegation from Japan that visited the Ministry of Education said yesterday. The 24-member student group from Japan’s Fukuoka Girls’ High School arrived in Taiwan on Monday and attended a presentation introducing the Taiwanese education system that was held by the ministry’s Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations. One of the students, Yamauchi Rikako, expressed her interest in studying in Taiwan and said Taiwan’s fruit is well known in Japan and that her motivation for visiting was to sample the food and experience the culture. Bureau Director Lin Wen-tong (林文通) said that every year, Taiwan invites groups of high school students from Japan to get a taste of local school life and help improve their understanding of the country.
Mad cow disease kills man
A Taiwanese man who spent eight years in the UK before returning home died earlier this year from what appeared to be mad cow disease, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. The man, who was in the UK from 1978 to 1986, died in May at the age of 36. In 2008, he began to show symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD) such as memory loss and hypersomnia, and was reported as a suspected CJD case in March last year, the CDC said. However, the man’s family refused to provide tissue for testing or to give permission for an autopsy, making it difficult to confirm the cause of his death, CDC Deputy Director Lin Ting (林頂) said. “We cannot exclude this as a CJD case either,” Lin said. Based on the patient’s symptoms and his MRI and EEG records, a medical team has determined this was an “extremely likely case” of CJD, the CDC said in a press release.
NSC, institute sign MOU
The National Science Council (NSC) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on cancer research with Canada’s Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI). The agreement was signed by council Minister Lee Lou-chuang (李羅權) and the institute’s scientific director, Victor Lin. Taiwanese Representative to Canada David Lee (李大維), who was also present at the ceremony, said the institute had contributed considerably to cancer research through its sponsorship program and Taiwan hoped to contribute to enhancing human health through the cooperation. The institute, launched in 2007, is the brainchild of the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run fundraising campaign. Lin, who is also a researcher at Academia Sinica, said the institute mainly works in collaboration with cancer hospitals and research organizations. The Terry Fox Foundation has committed a minimum of C$50 million (US$49.42 million) over five years to support the work of the institute, Lin said.
Cold front lingers on
The nation remained under the influence of a cold front yesterday, with temperatures dropping as low as 9.4°C in Tamsui, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The cold front sent the mercury falling to its lowest level in the country since temperatures began to cool. The bureau said temperatures ranged between 11°C and 21°C yesterday, and the skies over most parts of the country would remain clear because of the dry air brought by the cold front. The cold weather is expected to last until tomorrow, the bureau said. Meanwhile, on Yushan (玉山), temperatures fell as low
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