Man asks for NT$1m help
A Hsinchu resident has turned to the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) to help him exchange bundles of damaged bills worth a total of NT$1 million (US$33,000) for new ones, the bureau’s Hsinchu station said yesterday. The man sought out the agency after a bank refused to honor the notes, which the man hid in a corner of his kitchen two years ago and which have since become moldy. The bureau said it would send the bills to its forensics unit for further examination. They will be honored based on the number of bills the experts succeed in restoring. Last year, an expert at the bureau helped a New Taipei City (新北市) resident piece together NT$200,000 in notes that had been accidentally shredded. The central bank later decided to honor the reconstituted notes.
Chinese gets life in prison
A Chinese crewman working on a Taiwanese tuna boat was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his Taiwanese skipper in June. In a ruling, the Kaohsiung District Court said Li Qiping (李啟平), 38, a cook working aboard the Kaohsiung-registered Fushen No. 11, stabbed Chen Cheng-hsing (陳正興) to death and threw his body overboard on June 3 while the boat was operating on the high seas near Uruguay. Chieh Chun-fu (偕春福), chief engineer of the Fushen No. 11, phoned Chen’s wife in Greater Kaohsiung after he discovered the captain’s disappearance and was told by Li and other crew that the skipper had jumped into the sea himself. Chen’s wife did not believe this version of events and alerted the government, prompting the Coast Guard Administration to send officials to Cape Town, South Africa, to investigate. Li was brought back to Greater Kaohsiung for trial on June 27. He was also fined NT$2 million (US$66,600) for the murder.
Limits to be set on fund use
A proposed revision to the Charity Donations Act (公益勸募條例) will require charity groups to use donated funds within a certain period of time. General donations must be used by the recipients within three years, but may be extended by two years, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. As for donations for major or international events, the funds must be utilized within five years, extendable by three years, the ministry said. The draft will be sent to the Executive Yuan for review. Donations that are not consumed by their expiration dates would have to be turned over to the authorities, and they would be donated to the Relieve Disaster Foundation. The act was introduced in May 2006. Groups whose existing funds for major disasters or international aid will soon expire after eight years may be granted a two-year extension if necessary.
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
‘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’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US