Film trailer touted
Previews for the upcoming baseball film Kano looks set to be a staple of New Year celebrations next week. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the film is to be screened at 21 countdown parties, concerts and other events in 20 cities and counties, Kano director Ma Chih-hsiang (馬志翔) said. Set in the Japanese era in 1931, Kano — the Japanese-language abbreviation for the Agriculture and Forestry Public School of Chiayi (then pronounced Kagi) — tells the true story of the school’s baseball team that traveled to Japan as the underdog to play in a renowned high-school baseball tournament. The film portrays the rigorous training undertaken by the team, which was composed of Japanese and Taiwanese athletes of Han Chinese and Aboriginal origins, and how they advanced against the odds to the finals of the tournament. The director said he hopes the film will help bring back memories of the “glorious era” of Taiwanese baseball.
Fake Italian deported
An Iranian man holding a forged Italian passport was deported from Taoyuan airport on Wednesday when inspectors found he could not speak even basic Italian. A National Immigration Agency official saw through the ruse when he tried to start a chat in Italian only to find the man, identified only as “Ramezani,” did not even know basic greetings in the language. According to the agency’s account of Ramezani’s confession, he first bought a counterfeit Italian passport near Iran’s border with Turkey from a Russian dealer for US$8,000. With only US$600 in cash, he reportedly said he planned to work in Taiwan to buy a flight to Italy, where he would seek political asylum.
ASE executives questioned
Prosecutors yesterday summoned three Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) executives to explain their roles in the factory’s release of untreated industrial wastewater into a creek. ASE chairman Jason Chang (張虔生), chief operating officer Tien Wu (吳田玉) and president Raymond Lo (羅瑞榮) reported to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday afternoon. They departed after questioning later yesterday. The company is the world’s largest IC packaging and testing services provider. It was the latest move by prosecutors, who had earlier obtained a court order to detain Su Ping-shou (蘇炳碩), head of ASE’s K7 plant in Greater Kaohsiung. Following the discovery of the pollution problem at the plant, the Greater Kaohsiung Government’s Environmental Protection Bureau on Dec. 20 ordered a shutdown of some production lines in the factory.
Subpoena issued after fight
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday subpoenaed the father-in-law of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) eldest daughter, Lesley Ma (馬唯中), for questioning over a scuffle and a legal dispute brought against him by his former friend Liang Chih-hsi (梁治希). Tsai Lung’s (蔡龍) son, Allen Pei-jan Tsai (蔡沛然), married Lesley Ma last year. Chinese-language media reported earlier this week that Tsai Lung, 59, allegedly owed Liang, 60, NT$12 million (US$400,000), and the two had a dispute which came to blows over the debt on Taipei’s Renai Road in October. Subsequently, they sued each other for assault causing bodily harm. Upon leaving the Taipei District Court yesterday afternoon, Tsai Lung told the press that he did not owe Liang any money.
Flu shot age limit reduced
Taipei is hoping to keep its older residents healthy next year by lowering the minimum age for free influenza vaccinations in the city to 55, effective from Wednesday. The Minister of Health and Welfare announced yesterday the change to the free vaccination system, which currently covers residents aged 60 and above. State-funded flu vaccinations will also be made available across the nation for people with chronic diseases aged between 50 an 59, also on Wednesday, the ministry said. The programs are to run until the vaccines are used up, health officials said. Data from Taipei’s municipal Department of Health showed that as of Monday, the city has received 150 reports of cases of illnesses arising from flu complications, five of which were fatal. Eighty-eight percent of the cases involved patients who had not received flu shots.
Jacky Wu sentenced
Popular TV variety show host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) was yesterday sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison, suspended for a three-year probation period by the Taipei District Court for violation of the Securities and Exchange Act (證交法). The ruling added that Wu, who is board chairman of Alpha Photonitek Corp (APC), must pay the national treasury NT$3 million. Wu is allowed to appeal the case to the Taiwan High Court. According to the ruling, Wu collaborated with Lienming Mobile Technology chairman Hsu Fang-yang (許豐揚) to skim money from a transaction between the two firms. On Jan. 5, 2009, the two orchestrated a deal in which Lienming purchased a number of APC’s LED products for NT$180 million. The ruling said Wu pocketed NT$12.5 million from the deal, while Hsu took NT$20 million.
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