Nation donates US$170,000
Taiwan on Wednesday last week gave US$170,679 to Helen Keller International, an annual donation in support of a trachoma-prevention program promoted by the organization in Burkina Faso. The donation was presented by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York Director Hsu Li-wen (徐儷文) to organization president Kathy Spahn at a gala in New York. Taiwan has been working with the organization, which works to prevent blindness and malnutrition, to promote trachoma prevention in Burkina Faso since 2004. Taiwan has donated more than US$1.8 million to the cause. Burkina Faso is one of Taiwan’s 21 diplomatic allies. Taiwan has also donated US$870,000 to the organization to supply Burkinabes with vitamin A-fortified cooking oil. Hsu said Taiwan, which was formerly a beneficiary of the organizations trachoma-prevention program, has been giving back to the international community to demonstrate its role in international humanitarian efforts.
Sheeran to perform in Taipei
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is to perform in Taiwan in October, promoters said this week. The 26-year-old is to perform for the first time in Taiwan on Oct. 22 in Taipei, the Asia Entertainment Group said, adding that ticketing information is to be announced on June 8. After a performance in Taipei, Sheeran is scheduled to perform in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian countries, promoters said. Sheeran has released three studio albums and last year he won two Grammy Awards for the song Thinking Out Loud. He has twice won the Brit Awards Best British Male Solo Artist. His latest song, Shape of You, was released earlier this year.
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
Nematode-trapping fungi have been found to be natural killers of nematodes and their mechanisms might facilitate the development of new drugs or biological control agents, an Academia Sinica researcher said yesterday. Mostly measuring less than 1mm, nematodes are found in soil worldwide and most are not visible to the naked eye, Academia Sinica Institute of Molecular Biology assistant research fellow Hsueh Yen-ping (薛雁冰) told a news conference in Taipei. Some nematodes can cause infections in humans or damage plants, but existing pesticides, such as ivermectin, aldicarb and levamisole, can only inhibit their activity and the poisons’ efficacy are declining due to