Warning aircraft returned
Two early warning aircraft that were sent to the US in June last year for upgrades have been returned and will be tested soon, military sources said yesterday. They have been retrofitted with more efficient eight-blade propellers and their radar and surveillance systems have been upgraded. The two aircraft, originally called E-2T, were sold to Taiwan by the US in the 1990s. They were returned to the US in June last year for upgrading and have now been renamed E-2K, military sources said. The aircraft will be put into service within 10 days after completing a series of test flights, the sources said. Two other E-2Ts were sent to the US early last month and are expected to be returned to Taiwan next year. The upgrade program is part of the military’s efforts to update its arsenal under an arms sale deal with the US in October 2008 that included an upgrade of four E-2Ts to the Hawkeye 2000 configuration at a cost of US$2.5 billion.
More investment in power
The government plans to invest an additional NT$130 billion (US$4.28 billion) in smart power grid infrastructure beginning next year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. A digitally enabled power grid that can deliver electricity by using two-way communications will improve the efficiency, quality and reliability of the power supply system, the Bureau of Energy said in a statement. The government expects the smart grid infrastructure to help drive the development of a “smart industry” through the adoption of information and communications technology and automation technology, the bureau said. The ministry said it would hold a forum today to discuss the smart grid strategy.
Cancer survivors lauded
Being alive is the greatest gift in the world, a group of cancer survivors told an awards ceremony in Taipei yesterday to encourage optimism and persistence in the battle against cancer. “Cancer is nothing to be afraid of, as long as you have an open mind,” said Chiu Mei-hui, a 47-year-old breast cancer patient and one of the 10 award recipients. The prize, awarded annually since 2007 by the Formosa Cancer Foundation, encourages cancer survivors to tell their personal stories. This year, there were more than 100 nominees. Chiu said that after her husband was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002, she discovered a lump in her right breast that was later found to be a malignant tumor. She said the burden she bears is the motivation that keeps her alive. Chiu, a mother of four, now speaks regularly at seminars, sharing her thoughts on the beauty and essence of life.
Flower contest has winner
A student from the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts won the Flower Generation contest in Chang-hua County, which included a prize of NT$500,000, the organizers announced on Saturday. Chang Yu-shan (張育姍) gave a musical performance using a bamboo flute, gongs and drums to win from a field of 25 finalists in a contest that featured music, dance, design and composition. “I was very nervous and couldn’t sleep before the competition,” the 18-year-old Chang said. She said she planned to use the prize money to buy new instruments and participate in arts festivals next year to promote Changhua’s flower industry. Chang will serve as one of six spokespeople selected to help the county promote its flower industry at home and abroad, Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) said.
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
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day