Yu says no nomination deal
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun yesterday dismissed speculation that he had reached an unofficial agreement with party Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) to nominate them for the year-end legislative election. The DPP's nomination mechanism allows the chairman to nominate up to a third of the party's candidates. The competition for party nomination is expected to be keen as the total number of legislative seats will be halved from 225 to 113, with only one representative elected for each of the 73 districts, another 34 seats allotted to parties based on the proportion of votes received and six reserved for Aboriginal legislators.
US wary of reform: Hsieh
The US government appeared concerned about Taiwan's plans for constitutional change and expressed hope that Taipei could keep it informed of developments, former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said on Friday. Hsieh, who headed a delegation on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to attend the annual National Prayer Breakfast meeting in Washington on Thursday, made the remarks in response to media inquiries. Hsieh added that Washington was concerned whether Taiwan would honor its promises should it undertake constitutional reform. Hsieh said he told US officials that the government could not anticipate everything as Taiwan is a democracy. He said it would not be proper for the nation to deviate from the information it had given the US, as this might give the US the impression that Taipei was deceiving it, Hsieh added.
Longest firecracker planned
The Tainan County Government has invited experts from Yenshui Township (鹽水) to make firecrackers that could challenge the world record for the longest string of firecrackers, county officials said yesterday. The southern county plans to use the record-breaking string in a firecracker display titled "Legend of the Fire Dragon" at the annual Lantern Festival, which falls on March 4, in Yenshui, a small town that traditionally celebrates the festival with a parade that involves setting off thousands of "beehive firecrackers," the officials said. The official 2007 Taiwan Lantern Festival will take place in Chiayi County from March 4 to March 11. It will feature a lantern display of a Taiwan boar to signify "peace and prosperity" in the Year of the Pig, the event organizers said.
Comments prompt backlash
Former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) recent remarks saying he does not advocate Taiwanese independence have generated anger among pro-independence supporters. Lee Shiao-feng (李筱峰), a professor of Taiwanese history at Shih Hsin University and a long-term pro-independence activist, yesterday said he was resigning from the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association. Chin Heng-wei (金恆煒), editor-in-chief of the Contemporary Monthly, also indicated yesterday that he would resign from the board of Taiwan Advocates, a think tank funded by the former president. Lo Chi-cheng (羅致政), director of the political science department at Soochow University, said it was strange that Lee Teng-hui had recently praised Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in interviews, given that China had passed the "Anti-Secession" Law and caused countries to terminate their diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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