Bad English signs targeted
A Facebook page set up to encourage people to look for mistakes in bilingual signs in public areas has attracted more than 1,100 fans. A total of 1,168 netizens now follow the page where people can upload photos of mistakes or improper usage of English in local signs and provide corrections to win free gifts, ranging from a Wii to an iPod. The campaign, launched in September, is an attempt to correct English mistakes on signs seen in facilities or areas under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, including railway stations, airports, and national scenic areas. To date 38 photographs have been posted on the site. The campaign will run until the end of next month.
Kaohsiung air quality better
The air quality in Kao-hsiung City has shown a marked improvement, with the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) decreasing to a record low of 3.76 percent as of last month, the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau said. The average PSI in the city last year was 4.9 percent — meaning that the PSI exceeded 100, a standard for unacceptable air quality, on only 4.9 percent of the days in the year. The improvement is a result of a series of air pollution control measures that have helped reduce carbon emissions, bureau director-general Lee Mu-sheng (李穆生) said. For example, the city government has encouraged residents to use public transport and has conducted thorough inspections to prevent factories, the harbor and construction sites from emitting heavy pollutants, he said. A subsidy program to promote eco-friendly electronic vehicles was also introduced as part of these efforts, Lee added.
Assembly hall renovated
Taipei County Government will hold a ceremony tomorrow to mark the completion of renovation work on an assembly hall that dates back to the period of Japanese colonial rule more than a century ago, the county’s Cultural Affairs Bureau said yesterday. Located in Shenkeng Elementary School, the assembly hall has undergone three renovations since 1899. The hall, which has been listed as an historical site since March 2007, now has a dome, plastic-steel windows, steel doors and concrete walls. The county government said it hoped that the renovated hall and Shenkeng Huang Yung An’s Residence — another historic heritage site in Shenkeng Township (深坑) — will help to attract more tourists to the area.
Academy branches to open
Two branches of the Taiwan Academy will be inaugurated in Los Angeles and Houston next month to introduce the country’s culture to the US, Minister Without Porfolio Ovid Tzeng (曾志朗) said. The opening of the branches will coincide with the beginning of the Republic of China’s centennial celebrations next month, Tzeng said. Through a collection of digital resources, the government will show Taiwan’s vigor, beauty and diversity to the US people and allow them to really “see” Taiwan, said Tzeng, who arrived in the US on Friday to promote the 100th anniversary celebrations. In response to a question on whether the Taiwan Academy was set up to counter the influence of China’s Confucius Institutes, Tzeng said the two establishments have different purposes. The Taiwan Academy will focus mainly on spreading Taiwan’s culture overseas, while the Confucius Institute teaches Mandarin to non-native speakers, he said.
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