CMPC chairman resigns
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) yesterday resigned as chairman of Central Motion Pictures Corp (CMPC, 中影公司) in the wake of a gunshot fired at the iron door of his office in Nangang, Taipei, on Saturday. The CMPC yesterday held an ad hoc board meeting and approved Tsai's resignation. It subsequently elected Lin Li-chen (林麗珍) as its new chairwoman. Tsai on Saturday had said that the gunshot incident may have been related to shareholding disputes. Tsai has been accused by former CMPC vice president Chuang Wan-chun (莊婉均) of stealing her shares in the corporation.
Biodiesel fuel on sale
Biodiesel fuel is on sale on a trial basis as part of the nation's attempts to reduce oil imports and carbon dioxide emissions. Gas stations in two counties, Taoyuan and Chiayi, began selling petroleum diesel mixed with 1 percent biodiesel fuel over the weekend, the Economic Ministry said on its Web site. The blended diesel will be sold nationwide by next year. By 2010, the mix will be increased to 2 percent biodiesel, resulting in the consumption of an estimated 100,000 kiloliters of biodiesel fuel per year, it said. The trial sale this year is aimed at encouraging farmers to grow more soybeans, sunflowers and rape plants to produce the alternative fuel. The government has made the production of biodegradable fuel one of its core policies to help cut oil imports, increase farm yields and reduce the output of carbon dioxide to help combat global warming, the ministry said.
Patient to return from China
Arrangements have been made to return the "runaway" tuberculosis patient surnamed Lee (李) from China, where he flew on July 21 with his wife despite a flight travel ban for those with drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, a Center for Disease Control official said yesterday. The center's deputy director, Chou Chih-hao (周志浩), said he could not give details on the patient and his wife's whereabouts and declined to answer when and how Lee and his wife would return. Lee's wife also suffers from tuberculosis, although she has not been diagnosed with the same drug-resistant strain as her husband. "The couple have asked to remain anonymous so we don't want to cause them unpleasantness by exposing their itinerary," Chou said. "However, I want to reassure the public that precautions will be taken to ensure that the couple are safely isolated during the return trip." Upon their return to Taiwan, Chou said, the couple will be quarantined until they are no longer infectious.
Tao boat reaches Tamsui
The largest traditional Tao wooden boat ever made, which departed from Lanyu (蘭嶼, Orchid Island) more than a month ago for Taiwan proper arrived at Tamsui (淡水), Taipei County, last night. The hand-rowed boat is named Ipanga na 1001, which means "from here to there and further" in the Tao Aboriginal language. The boat can carry 20 rowers, the Council for Indigenous Peoples said. A traditional Tao boat usually seats up to 10 people. Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), council Minister Icyang Parod, Aboriginal lawmakers and Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) all attended a ceremony last night to welcome the boat. The boat will be on display for a week at the Taipei 101 tower, council spokesman Sewaya Teason said.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s