Reminder on donations
Tax authorities warned that while political donations are tax deductible, there are legal limits on the total amount of contributions that can be made by individuals and households. The maximum contribution that can be made to one political candidate by an individual cannot exceed NT$100,000 (US$3,300) a year, the Taipei National Tax Administration said. The total amount of political contributions made by a household to any political parties and candidates cannot exceed NT$200,000 or 20 percent of the taxable income of the whole family for the year. Political parties and candidates are prohibited by law from accepting contributions from individuals who are not eligible to vote, such as Taiwanese under the age of 20, those who have been deprived of their civil rights as well as foreign nationals.
Banciao sees winter record
The temperature in Banciao District (板橋), New Taipei City (新北市), rose to 31.2°C yesterday, a record winter high for that area, the Central Weather Bureau said. Temperatures in northern Taiwan climbed rapidly before noon as a cloud system from the south, which brought rain to Yilan and the mountainous areas of Hualien on Tuesday, moved away from the nation, the bureau said. The previous record in Banciao was 29.4°C set on Dec. 5, 2002, the bureau said. Meanwhile, Taipei recorded its seventh-highest winter temperature ever — 30.4°C at 11:50am. The warmest winter day in Taipei’s recorded history was Dec. 22, 1934, when the temperature was 31.5°C. However, the warm weather was forecast to last only for half a day since a cold front was expected to arrive last night. Rain and temperatures of less than 20°C were forecast for last night and temperatures are expected to drop to about 10°C this weekend, the bureau said.
Organ donor meets sister
The first death-row inmate in the nation to make a live organ donation met his sister yesterday, one week after the transplant procedure that gave the sister a new lease on life. Cheng Chin-wen (鄭金文) appeared agitated during a 40-minute meeting with his sister at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, said Yeh Pi-jen (葉碧仁), deputy director of the Taipei Detention Center. “The sister encouraged her little brother to write down his life story so that people can learn from his mistakes,” he said. Cheng was discharged from the hospital and returned to prison after the meeting. Both Cheng and his sister are recovering well, said Chen Kuo-hsin (陳國鋅), the surgeon who supervised the transplant. The Supreme Court finalized Cheng’s death sentence in June for murdering two debt collectors and burying their bodies in the woods in Keelung in 2004. His sister had been undergoing daily dialysis treatment before the transplant.
Artists headed for France
A delegation of 20 Taiwanese comic artists will take part in an exhibition at the 39th Angouleme International Comics Festival scheduled for Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, the nation’s representative office in France said. The Taiwanese exhibition will include works dating back to the 1950s, and it will be showcased under the theme “Ocean of Comics,” it said. The festival, the largest of its kind in Europe, attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. According to event organizers, comics fans in France have shown great interest in foreign comics. Of the 5,000 comics published in France each year, 2,000 are translated works.
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’
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,
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