Taipei to allow gay rentals
The Taipei City Government is processing a regulatory amendment that would allow registered same-sex couples to rent public housing units, a city official said on Sunday. The amendment has been approved by the city and is soon to enter the next stage which is consulting public opinion on the proposal, Department of Urban Development division chief Chien Se-fang (簡瑟芳) said. The amendment would then be reviewed by the Taipei City Council in May, before being promulgated, Chien said. The public housing units would be allocated based on the size of a household, he said. Since Taipei began allowing the registration of same-sex couples in June 2015, the number of couples registering has reached 298, of which 55 are male and 243 are female, city government data showed.
Young Japanese grateful
A group of Japanese students on Sunday expressed thanks for the aid that Taiwan provided to their country after it was hit by a massive earthquake on March 11, 2011. At a cultural event in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水), the students invited the audience to don yukatas — light-weight casual kimonos — and fold paper cranes. The event, dubbed “Japan-Taiwan Bonds of Heart,” featured exhibits on Japanese culture and religions, and included music, singing and dance performances. It was the sixth consecutive year that the group, called the “Thanking Taiwan Activity Commission,” had organized such an event to express the Japanese people’s gratitude to Taiwan for donating more than ￥20 billion (US$175.92 million) in cash and other relief materials to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
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
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INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness
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