Taiwanese held in Vietnam
Eight fraud suspects, including three Taiwanese, were on Saturday detained in Vietnam for alleged involvement in online telecommunications scams, Vietnamese media reported yesterday. The identities of the three Taiwanese suspects have yet to be made public, local media reported. Members of the fraud ring have swindled 10 billion dong (US$440,000) from Vietnamese since February by posing as Vietnamese government officials, the reports said. Vietnamese police have stepped up their investigation of the case, suspecting that the detained suspects might be part of a bigger cross-border fraud ring active in the country.
Famous hair stylist dies
A renowned Hong Kong hair stylist and long-time Taiwan resident was late on Friday evening found dead in his Taipei apartment, possibly due to asphyxiation, police said on Saturday. The man, former L’Oreal executive Enzo Leung (梁家譽), was discovered unconscious at about 10pm on Friday by the building’s security guard, who immediately called for an ambulance, police said. City firefighters, who were the first to arrive on the scene with emergency rescuers, found Leung without any sign of life, police said. Empty liquor bottles were found scattered around the apartment, with Leung lying in a pool of his own vomit in the bathroom, they said. There appeared not to be any signs of exterior wounds, they said, adding that the coroner would conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death, although initial findings suggested that he probably choked to death. The police said they have ruled out murder.
Seniors in most A1 crashes
Drivers older than 70 accounted for the most immediately fatal traffic accidents last year, data released on Saturday by the National Police Agency (NPA) showed. There were a total of 1,434 cases of type A1 accidents, or ones that resulted in death within 24 hours, the NPA said. People aged 70 or older who were driving in those accidents accounted on average for 9.7 cases out of 100,000 people, followed by those aged 18 to 29, who accounted for 8.08 cases per 100,000 people, the data showed. The main causes of type A1 accidents for people aged 70 and older were, in descending order, failure to yield, not observing traffic signs, inappropriate turns and a failure on the part of the passenger or the pedestrian.
Taichung to host Robo Cup
The Federation of International Robot Soccer Associations (FIRA) has decided to organize its Robo World Cup in Taichung from Aug. 6 to Aug. 11, after a location in Denmark turned out to be double-booked. Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said he hopes that the tournament will show the world Taiwan’s skills in robotics. The competition is to feature robots with artificial intelligence from countries including Taiwan, Germany, the US, China, Japan and South Korea. They are to compete in a range of tournaments, including three-on-three matches for humanoid robots and two-on-two games for wheeled robots, the event’s organizers said. While robots lack the speed and mobility of human soccer players, what makes such matches interesting is how robots use artificial intelligence and big data analysis to determine how to move and win, Chen said. Last year’s world cup took place in Kaohsiung.
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
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
CONTROVERSY: NHIA Director-General Lee Po-chang said an outcry over overseas Taiwanese not paying premiums, but having coverage, is pushing rule amendments Rules changes are being considered that would force Taiwanese who permanently live abroad to pay National Health Insurance (NHI) premiums for the period they were overseas before they can re-enroll in the system, National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) Director-General Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) yesterday said. The case of a married Taiwanese couple who lived in the US for about 30 years, but returned to Taiwan in April and tested positive for COVID-19 has again sparked public debate over why Taiwanese living abroad are allowed to use NHI resources, — although the couple’s expenses were not covered by the NHI. An often cited example
AN EXAMPLE: After attending a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, Mori said the former president’s career reflected the importance of peace and democracy Using military force to resolve conflict is no longer workable in this new era, which requires peaceful discussion, former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori said yesterday before leaving Taipei. Mori made the remarks at a news conference in front of the EVA Sky Jet Center at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), after leading a delegation to attend the official memorial service for former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水). This was Mori’s second trip to mourn Lee; his last was on Aug. 9. Although he walked with a crutch, Mori, 83, chose to stand right in front of