Cruise passenger visitors up
Nearly 460,000 cruise passengers visited Taiwan in the first half of this year and the number could reach 778,000 this year, up 7.76 percent from last year, according to a report published by the Taiwan International Ports Corp. The number of visitors was 326,000 in 2012, rising to 548,000 in 2013, the report showed. It is estimated that 2.2 million Asian cruise passengers are to visit this year, accounting for 9.87 percent of the 22.3 million global cruise market, an increase from 19 million passengers worldwide in 2010, the report said. Keelung in northern Taiwan is the fifth-largest cruise harbor in Asia, behind Singapore, Jeju Island in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively, with 52 cruise ships operated by 26 cruise operators in Asia, according to the report. Of the cruise ships that visit Taiwan, 76 percent travel between Taiwan and China, 15 percent to and from Japan and 9 percent Europe, the report showed.
Public road museum to open
The nation’s first public roads museum is to open to visitors today. The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) said the museum, located on the first floor of its new headquarters in western Taipei, would provide visitors with free access to the history and development of Taiwan’s highways and bridges. The museum consists of three sections: a permanent exhibition, special exhibitions and a reading room. The museum employs multimedia materials to create an interactive environment. The permanent exhibition covers the chronology of the DGH since its establishment and the development of the nation’s roads. Highlights include archives about the MacArthur Thruway connecting Taipei and the northern port city of Keelung, the east-west cross-island highway and the Siluo Bridge in central Taiwan. The museum is also to display a variety of restored documents from 1947 to 1948 in the first special exhibition, which is to run from Sept. 1 through Sept. 18.
Majorenko named EETO head
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has announced the appointment of Madeleine Majorenko as head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan, starting next month. EETO director Frederic Laplanche is to return to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the end of this month, the EU representative office in Taiwan said in a statement released on Friday last week. Majorenko joined the Directorate-General for External Relations in 2005 and was appointed deputy head of the Unit for Relations with Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, and was the head of the Unit for European Neighbourhood Policy in the European External Action Service in 2009, a post she currently holds.
Rice donation praised
Taiwan’s regular donation of rice to the US-based Food for the Poor’s relief project in Haiti has won the international relief organization’s acclaim, with Taiwan’s food aid said to have helped save tens of hundreds of Haitian people living in poverty. Ambassador to Haiti Peter Hwang (黃再求) said on Saturday that, since 2008, the Taiwanese government has donated 2,400 tonnes of rice each year to Food for the Poor under a cooperative program aimed at supplying food to 15,000 poverty-stricken households in Haiti for four consecutive months per year. Haitians are “genuinely very grateful to Taiwan” for being able to eat freshly cooked rice, Hwang said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
TIME FOR CHANGE: Most of those at a public hearing organized by the DPP’s Chung Chia-pin also agreed that the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished Taiwan needs a new constitution, as the current one was adopted in Nanjing in 1946, when the Republic of China (ROC) represented all of China, while the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished, legal experts and academics said yesterday during a public hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Chang Kun-sheng (張錕盛), a law professor and secretary-general of the Taiwan Administrative Law Association, said that it is time to draft a new constitution. The ROC Constitution was adopted during a National Constituent Assembly meeting in Nanjing shortly after World War II and before the Chinese Civil War had fully erupted,
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among