Dairy rules to change
Employers in the dairy industry soon are to be able to hire foreign workers, a labor official said, citing a consensus reached at a regular policy meeting held on Oct. 19. The Ministry of Labor and the Council of Agriculture reached a consensus at the meeting, but details of the opening — including the ratio of foreign workers to Taiwanese and the size of businesses that would qualify to hire foreigners — will not be available until a meeting next month, ministry Workforce Development Agency section head Kung Kuei-lan (龔桂蘭) said. The news of the opening came after labor officials, experts, workers and employer representatives reached an agreement in June to open abattoir work to foreign laborers. Both industries have faced personnel shortages due to the working hours, difficult work environments and high-risk nature of the jobs.
Taiwanese films nominated
Two Taiwanese films have been nominated for Hawaii International Film Festival awards this year, the Ministry of Culture said on Tuesday. Director Sunny Yu’s (于瑋珊) drama The Kids (小孩) was nominated for the best narrative feature, while director Li Nien-hsiu’s (李念修) documentary Hebei Taipei (河北-台北) received a nomination for best documentary feature award. The Kids is about two young lovers who struggle to support their family after being catapulted into parenthood at a young age. Hebei Taipei is a memoir about the director’s father, a former soldier whose family was torn apart during the Chinese Civil War and who was brought to Taiwan. The winners are to be announced on Nov. 15. The annual Hawaii International Film Festival opens tomorrow and runs through Nov. 22 in Honolulu.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,