Local pianist wins US prize
A Taiwanese pianist based in the US won the top prize at the San Antonio International Piano Competition on Saturday and was also honored for best performance of a Baroque work. Lin Lo-an (林洛安) pocketed US$15,000 for winning the competition’s gold medal and earned the chance to perform a solo recital with the San Antonio Symphony in the future. Lin, who began practicing piano at the age of five, has made a name for herself with several high-profile performances, including one at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2006 and an appearance at the National Concert Hall in Taipei in June this year. The Taiwanese native, who went to the US to pursue her musical education nine years ago, also represented the US at a concert with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. She is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program for gifted musicians at the Yale School of Music.
Cross-strait talks on birds
A delegation from the Chongming Dongtan Birds Nature Reserve in Shanghai, China, will visit southern Taiwan from Saturday through Nov. 2 to promote exchanges on bird conservation, the Taijiang National Park said. It will be the first visit by officials from the world-class conservation area in China since a cooperation agreement on bird conservation and restoration was inked between the two sides in May this year, according to the park in Greater Tainan. The delegation will visit Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), Alishan (阿里山) and the wetlands in Tainan to observe black-faced spoonbills, which migrate to the island every year, park officials said. A former bird hunter, who is now considered a national treasure in China, will be part of the Chinese group, the officials 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