MRT tickets go multilingual
Commuters taking the Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line are to have the option of choosing from eight languages, in addition to traditional and simplified Chinese, when purchasing a ticket, Taoyuan Metro Corp said. The ticketing system on the line linking Taipei Main Station to the Taoyuan airport is also to provide ticketing options in English, Japanese, Korean, German, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Spanish, it said. Passengers will be able to select their preferred language to access the information they want, the company said. The opening of the airport MRT line, mainly invested by the Taipei, New Taipei City and Taoyuan city governments, has been postponed several times for various reasons, but has now been rescheduled to start operations at the end of this year.
US official targets trafficking
US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge is to arrive in Taiwan today to boost cooperation against human trafficking with Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. Coppedge, who is also a senior adviser to the US secretary of state, is to meet with Taiwanese officials and local nongovernmental organizations to discuss measures against trafficking in persons and how Taiwan can increase its anti-trafficking efforts, the AIT said. During her four-day stay, Coppedge is also to deliver keynote remarks at this year’s International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking, the AIT said.
Tsai thanks Solomons PM
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed appreciation to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for his country’s solid and long-term support of Taiwan in the international community. Sogavare, who is on his fifth visit to Taiwan, met with Tsai at the Presidential Office Building. He said his country would continue to speak up for Taiwan at the UN and elsewhere in the international community, adding that Taiwan could play a bigger role on the international stage. The prime minister, who is on an official visit until Sunday, is the first foreign head of government to visit Taiwan since Tsai’s inauguration on May 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have had diplomatic relations for 33 years and maintain close cooperation in areas such as medical care, educational training, clean energy and agricultural technology, the ministry said.
Runner banned from Rio
Long-distance runner Hsu Yu-fang (許玉芳) was banned from participating in the Rio Olympics after failing a doping test, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee officials said yesterday. The 42-year-old marathon runner, Taiwan’s national record holder, was notified that a diuretic was found in her sample on Friday last week. Hsu said she was “sorry for disappointing friends who supported her now that she will not be able to take part in the Rio Olympics.” Hsu said in a statement that she has been taking medication over the past few months for injuries sustained during a marathon in North Korea in early April, and three substances in the traditional Chinese medicine she had been prescribed had a diuretic effect. Hsu had been banned for two years for failing a drug test in 2011 and this time could be banned for up to four years in accordance with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
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