■ LEGAL SYSTEM
Statute change proposed
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Jan-daw (余政道) yesterday proposed an amendment to the Medals Statute (勳章條例) in a bid to abolish an honorary medal named after dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石). Among the medals the government usually issues, the Chungcheng Medal (中正勳章) was created in 1979, four years after Chiang's death, Yu said. The medal is awarded to those who "have special achievements in carrying out the Three Principles of the People: making a special contribution to opposing the Chinese Communist Party and making outstanding contributions to reviving Chinese culture or making a praiseworthy achievement in practicing democracy and the constitution." "The medal should be abolished," Yu said, adding that his proposal is part of transitional justice.
NCC okays Sparq request
The regulating body for communications, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday it had approved an application from Sparq (速博) to acquire 60,000 phone numbers for its online phone service. Those who subscribe to the service will receive an 11-digit number that begins with 070. Instead of using a computer, users can dial their 070 number from a cellphone. The approval will allow the company to start negotiations on issues related to cross-network connections with other telecom companies. It also made Sparq the first telecom company to obtain online phone numbers from the commission. The approval did not require the company to set a timeline for launching the service. "It [the timeline] will be solely determined through the company's negotiations with others," NCC spokesperson Howard Shyr (石世豪) said.
Corpse kept at home
Two elementary school students slept with their grandfather's corpse for one week after the man died, a newspaper said yesterday. The two boys lived in Taiping (太平市), Taichung County, with their grandfather and uncle, the Apple Daily reported. On Wednesday last week, their grandfather died of an illness. Their uncle had no money to bury the corpse, the paper said. The uncle warned his two nephews not to tell others. The uncle was then hospitalized, leaving his nephews home alone. On Tuesday, a teacher noticed the boys were acting strangely and visited their home. She found the corpse and called the police. The city government agreed to find foster homes for the boys and the neighborhood committee paid for a funeral.
Students in knife attack
Two unidentified assailants armed with knives attacked two male students on the campus of George Vocational High School of Taipei on Keelung Road late yesterday afternoon, the school's principal said. Firefighters and other emergency response personnel were called to the school after the two students were stabbed; they were rushed to a hospital as the assailants escaped. School principal Yu Li-liang (俞禮亮) said that details were sketchy and there were few witnesses at the scene. The attack happened very quickly after the two assailants entered the campus, he said, adding that authorities had yet to confirm their identities or motive. Yu also said that his school's campus was sprawling and open and therefore hard to defend against such attacks.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’