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Staff writer, with Agencies


Mother resumes hunger strike

The mother of former air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良), who died in 2008, was rushed to a hospital yesterday morning after she began a hunger strike on Sunday last week outside the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense. Yu Jui-ming (尤瑞敏) was sent to a hospital yesterday for a short treatment before she was back outside the ministry to continue her fast. Military investigators decided that Tsai had committed suicide by shooting himself with a T65 rifle during target practice, but his family says the fatal wounds were caused by a bullet from a pistol, not a rifle. Yu has said she will end her fast once the ministry conducts a ballistics test as part of her son’s case.


Golden Melody envoys named

The Golden Melody Awards have unveiled an ensemble of celebrity spokespeople with three of the biggest and most established pop singers in Taiwan: Jay Chou (周杰倫), Jody Chiang (江蕙) and Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), better known as A-mei (阿妹). The ambassadors for the June 28 event shot a promotional video directed by award-winning music video director Bill Chia, event host Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) said. Together, A-mei, Chou — dubbed the king of Mandarin pop — and Chiang, called the diva of Taiwanese-language music, have won a total of 29 Golden Melody awards and been nominated a total of 132 times. The 25th Golden Melody Awards ceremony is to be held at the Taipei Arena on June 28. TTV is to broadcast the red-carpet event and awards ceremony live from 5pm. This year’s ceremony is to be hosted by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu (庾澄慶). The nominees list scheduled to be released this month, but exact dates have yet to be announced.

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