Nominee task force approved
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday agreed to establish an ad hoc task force to help him nominate four grand judges whose terms will expire at the end of September. The Presidential Office said in a statement that Ma approved the establishment of the screening committee yesterday. The seven-person task force will be led by Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長). Former Judicial Yuan presidents Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) and Lai In-jaw (賴英照) will serve as his deputies. At present, there are 15 grand justices. All nominations must be approved by the legislature.
WTC to hold convention
The World Taiwanese Congress (WTC) is scheduled to hold its 10th annual convention in Taipei on March 19, under the theme “Insisting on Taiwan Nation Building, Expanding International Space.” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) are expected to deliver speeches at the opening ceremony. The event will also feature two keynote speakers — Don Rodgers, chair of the political science department at Austin College in Texas, and Sakurai Yoshiko, a Japanese political commentator. Their presentations will be followed by two panel discussions. Past speakers at the event include US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and other US academics and officials. The event will be held at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center. People interested in attending the free event can register with Ms Liu at (02) 2321-7398.
Academic to receive award
Former National Tsing Hua University president Chen Wen-Tsuen (陳文村) has been named for an education award from a global organization of computer professionals, the university said yesterday. The information and communications technology (ICT) scientist has become the first Taiwanese to be granted the Taylor L. Booth Education Award by the IEEE Computer Society. Chen will receive a bronze medal and an honorarium of US$5,000 at the award ceremony in the US in May. Chen, 62, earned the award “for contributions to computer science education in Taiwan and worldwide, and for promoting computer networking education at all levels,” the IEEE Web site said. In 1982, he designed the Taiwan Academic Network, the first of its kind in Taiwan, paving the way for its public and commercial Internet use, the IEEE said. It also said Chen had also made a great contribution to the popularization of ICT education in schools nationwide.
Jason Hu vows ‘action’
Following a shooting resulting in the injury of two college students on Tuesday, Greater Taichung Mayor -Jason Hu (胡志強) went on the offensive yesterday, saying: “Now is the time for action, not declarations.” DPP city councilors have asked that Hu apologize for what they claimed was deteriorating public order. “From the Weng Chi-nan (翁奇楠) case to shooting on the streets, Taichung’s public order is deteriorating rapidly,” DPP Greater Taichung Councilor Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華) said. Weng was gunned down in May last year at his office while playing mahjong with police officers. In his policy address, Hu said that of the reported 14 shootings nationwide this year, Taichung only claimed one.
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
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘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’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General