Slovakia scheme lifts off
The government signed a memorandum of understanding with a Slovakian delegation on Tuesday that will pave the way for a bilateral working holiday program to begin in June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The program will allow up to 100 young adults aged 18 to 35 from each country to visit and work in the other country every year for up to one year, the ministry said. Slovakia is the sixth European country and the 11th nation to have inked a working-holiday agreement with Taiwan. A working holiday program is meant to offer young adults an opportunity to travel abroad to experience a different culture and expand their horizons, while allowing them to work to earn their living costs, the ministry said.
US APEC official to visit
US Senior Official for APEC Robert Wang is to begin a five-day visit tomorrow to discuss bilateral economic cooperation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. Wang is to participate in an APEC Business Advisory Council meeting in Taipei and meet with local officials and business leaders to discuss APEC-related issues, and bilateral trade and investment cooperation, the AIT said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wang is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and call on officials at the foreign affairs and economic affairs ministries, as well as the National Development Council. Issues to be discussed include the trend toward regional economic integration and the prospects for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, the ministry said. Wang took up his post in August last year and visited Taipei the following month, the ministry said.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung