Nepal visitors safe: ministry
All of the 13 Taiwanese the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been asked to help locate after the May 12 earthquake in Nepal have been confirmed safe, the ministry said on Monday. After the magnitude 7.3 tremor rattled the South Asian country, the ministry received requests to help locate 13 Taiwanese who were there, and all of them had been confirmed safe by 3:30pm on Monday, it said. Before the May 12 quake, the ministry had been asked to locate another four Taiwanese, but had failed to determine their safety, until Saturday and Sunday, when all of them were found to be safe in India, the ministry said. The May 12 tremor was the latest of a series of aftershocks that followed a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that jolted the Himalayan nation on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 19,000.
Newborn stipends altered
Parents with newborn children are now eligible to receive government stipends at the beginning of each month instead of the end, the Ministry of Labor said yesterday. In addition to eight weeks of paid maternity leave, Taiwan grants parents with newborn children six months of childcare stipends during unpaid parental leave. Funded through a government labor insurance program, working parents in Taiwan can apply for parental stipends equal to 60 percent of their monthly wages; parents are also eligible to apply for a maximum of two years of unpaid parental leave before their child reaches the age of three. An estimated 68,000 parents with newborn children are expected to benefit from the new measure, according to ministry statistics. The reforms are intended to provide relief to cash-strapped parents on unpaid parental leave, the ministry said.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US