Museum to host Ai show
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is due to stage an exhibition of the work of Ai Weiwei (艾未未), officials said yesterday. Ai Weiwei Absent will open on Saturday, featuring installation pieces, photography, sculpture and videos by the artist. “It’s a pity that Ai himself cannot come to Taipei, but his wife is expected to see the show in the first half of November,” the Taipei City Government said. Ai, who is one of the most outspoken critics of Chinese Communist Party controls and censorship in China, is being investigated for tax evasion and has been ordered not to leave Beijing.
Students get THSR discount
Starting today and lasting until Dec. 29, college students are eligible for a 30 percent to 50 percent discount on the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) as part of an effort to boost passenger volume. THSR said it would offer discounted travel for university students every day for non-rush hour journeys on 168 train trips a week. A 30 percent discount would be available for journeys between 9:36am and 11pm Monday to Friday and between 8:54pm and 9:36pm Monday through Thursday, THSR said. Saturdays and Sundays, students will be eligible for a 30 percent discount for journeys taken between 10:36am and 11am, it said. A 50 percent discount would be offered to students traveling between Taipei and Zuoying from 9:54pm to 10:12pm, Monday through Thursday. Students will also get a 50 percent discount on some train trips between Taipei and Taichung, Taichung and Zuoying (左營) early in the morning and at night from Monday through Thursday. However, the discounts will not be available for seats in business class or on unreserved economy class tickets. Students must show a valid student ID at station counters when buying discounted tickets for the designated non-rush periods, THSR said.
Charity concert in Singapore
Taiwan’s representative office in Singapore celebrated the centenary of the Republic of China with a charity concert on Saturday, donating the proceeds from ticket sales to a charitable organization in the city-state. The ticket revenue — about NT$7 million (US$231,030) — was donated to the President’s Challenge, a charitable organization that helped the less fortunate in Singapore. The concert attracted about 7,500 people and featured 10 groups of Taiwanese performers singing hit Taiwanese songs, including 52-year-old Lee Chien-fu (李建復), Wu Bai (伍佰), Emile Chau (周華健) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩).
Lu cooks up veggie dish
Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) cooked a vegetarian dish yesterday while urging the public to adopt a vegetarian diet, echoing a UN call for less consumption of meat for a sustainable environment. At a one-day “green” fair in Taipei, Lu made a dish of bitter gourd with king oyster mushrooms, and called on the public to have one vegetarian meal per day. Lu said reducing consumption of animal products is the “most effective” approach to pursue a sustainable environment, along with growing trees and lowering carbon emissions. “If everyone were to quit eating meat for one day, it would generate the same benefit as planting 200 to 300 trees,” she said. Lu, who has been on a vegetarian diet for more than four months, said she is an example of how a diet without meat can be healthy and beneficial. “People have started saying I have been looking younger since I went on a vegetarian diet,” she said.
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
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