Computer glitches fixed
There should be fewer delays with the government’s new household registration system as of today, because many of the glitches that caused hiccups in the system last week have been fixed, Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) said yesterday. The system’s designer worked over the weekend to make hardware and software adjustments to help the system run more smoothly, Hsiao said. Many people complained last week of having to wait at least one-and-a-half hours to register their marriages, apply for new national identification cards or get copies of their household registration after the new system was launched on Wednesday last week. Previously, the normal wait was about 20 minutes, Hsiao said. The glitches made it difficult for household registration office staff to access and enter data in the system, causing delays that affected about 40,000 to 50,000 people, Hsiao said.
Envoy heading to Israel
New Representative to Israel Chi Yun-sheng (季韻聲) is to formally assume his post later this week. Chi, who previously served as deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Bureau of Consular Affairs, is scheduled to leave for Israel on Wednesday. He promised to advance bilateral relations in trade, culture, tourism and other areas. The 30-year ministry veteran said that promoting Taiwan’s visibility among the Israeli public will be a priority. Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei Representative Simona Halperin said she expects bilateral ties to continue to be strengthened. Chi succeeds Chang Liang-jen (張良任), who is now the representative to Indonesia. Chi has served in South Africa and the US.
Philippines says thank you
The Philippine Department of Tourism launched a campaign on Saturday to say “thank you” to the countries that offered aid and support after the Philippines was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November last year. “The Philippines says thank you,” reads the home page of the department’s Web site, which features photographs and video clips of people around the country thanking the world. “The Philippines wants to say a big thank you to everyone who has been helping us rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan,” the bureau said. The campaign will run in newspapers and billboards in cities around the world. Figures from the Philippines’ Foreign Aid Transparency Hub show that Taiwanese donated US$7.09 million in supplies and cash after Haiyan left thousands dead and many more displaced.
Holiday boost for Yunlin
Yunlin County got a good start to the Year of the Horse, attracting about 700,000 visitors and generating NT$200 million (US$6.60 million) over the Lunar New Year holiday from Jan. 30 to Tuesday last week, the county government said. About 211,000 people visited the Yunlin Agriculture Expo, which opened on Dec. 25 last year and will run through March 6, while others were drawn to the 100 tourist highlights in the country’s 21 towns and cities, the county government said. Flower farms in Cihtong Township (莿桐) proved to be the most popular attraction, drawing about half of all visitors, it said. About 20 percent of the visitors stayed in local accommodations, contributing to the NT$200 million in revenue — in addition to meals and shopping — the county earned over the holiday.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,