TV presentations on Dec. 23
The first televised campaign platform presentation for the nation’s presidential candidates will be held on Dec. 23, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said. The commission said there would be three TV platform presentations for the presidential candidates — scheduled also for Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 — and one for the vice presidential candidates, to be held on Jan. 2. It said that previously the TV platform presentations were given on Saturday afternoon and the ratings were low. The low ratings and the fact that weekends are usually when candidates are at their busiest campaigning prompted the CEC to reschedule the presidential candidates’ TV presentations for Friday night and the vice presidential candidates’ TV presentation for Monday night.
Students’ house set on fire
Narromine Mayor Bill McAnally appealed for calm yesterday in the town in New South Wales, Australia, after a house where three Taiwanese students live was damaged in a blaze allegedly started by residents angry over the death of an alleged intruder, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported yesterday. The alleged intruder, named in media reports as Tony Prince, a 29-year-old Aborigine, died after the three occupants of the house restrained him on Wednesday. “No one was in the house at the time of the fire, but police say the circumstances are suspicious and that it may have been a reprisal for the death of the man,” AAP reported. According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, an autopsy done on the ill-fated burglar found that he died of causes unrelated to injuries he sustained during the burglary attempt, and the Taiwanese men were allowed to go free.
Working holidays continue
Two hundred Taiwanese young people will be able to work while traveling in Germany as its working holiday program with Taiwan enters its second year, providing opportunities to the same number of participants as the first year, the German Institute Taipei said. The Institute said the program, which started on Oct. 11 last year, offers 200 Taiwanese aged 18 to 30 a chance to stay up to one year in Germany for work, short-term study or tourism. The second year’s program starts this month. German Institute Taipei director--general Michael Zickerick said it approved more than 150 applications last year, showing that many Taiwanese youth use the program to explore his country.
New orchid breeds unveiled
Taiwan officially introduced two newly developed breeds of Oncidium orchids to the world at the International Flower Expo Tokyo on Thursday, drawing the attention of Japanese and international buyers. The yellowish “Baby Face” orchid and “Snow White,” which reflects its name, were the centerpiece of the Taiwan pavilion at the largest flower and horticultural trade show in Asia, which ran from Thursday to yesterday. Chinese Development Association of Oncidium Production and Marketing secretary-general Tseng Ming-chin (曾明進) said that “Baby Face” was developed from “Gower Ramsey,” one of the most popular Taiwan-grown Oncidium orchids on the Japanese market. It was named after its round-shape, he said. “Snow White,” bred by the Floriculture Research Center of Taiwan’s state-run Agricultural Research Institute, is one of Taiwan’s top selling Oncidium orchids in Japan, he added.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘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
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,