MRT segment almost ready
The Nangang Station segment of the Nangang line eastern extension will be operational by the end of December if it passes the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ preliminary assessment on Friday, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) said yesterday, adding that travel time from the Nangang MRT station to Taipei Main station would be 15 minutes. The TRTC said the Nangang eastern extension is being built underground eastward from Kunyang Station to Nangang Station below Zhongxiao E Road Sec. 7, on the southern side of the Taiwan Railway yard. It will continue northward, passing through the tunnels of the High Speed Railway and Taiwan Railway and to Academia Road, where the Nangang Exhibition Hall station is to be built under Nanxi Park.
Orchard program unveiled
The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday unveiled its orange orchard adoption program, a pilot program to pre-sell and market domestic agricultural goods to local businesses. In a joint venture with PayEasy.com, an online shopping site, the program has received the support of a dozen businesses, including Tai-shin Financial Holding Co (台新金控), which adopted 11 orange orchard units during yesterday’s launch. Using Internet marketing, the council intends to connect city businesses with rural farmers and help businesses give back to farm villages by finding buyers for produce before it is harvested, COA Minister Chen Wu-hsiung (陳武雄) said. Every unit (0.1 hectares) of orange orchard will yield about 4,000kg of oranges, the council said, adding that donors can also opt to donate the oranges to any one of the 160 charity organizations nationwide in an act of “double charity.”
Taiwan from Thursday is to reinstate visa exemptions for passport holders from 65 countries. Mandatory quarantine for arriving travelers is to be lifted on Oct. 13 , when restrictions on inbound and outbound tour groups are also to be lifted. The following is a list of answers to common questions regarding how the new regulations are to affect inbound international visitors Which passports will have visa-free entry privileges? Eleven more countries on Thursday are to join 54 countries that were given visa-free privileges on Sept. 12. Passport holders from Japan, South Korea, Chile, Israel and Nicaragua can stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days without a visa. Taiwan is also to resume 30-day visa-free stays for citizens of the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Malaysia. Passport holders from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines are to be allowed to stay in Taiwan for 14 days visa-free. Taiwan on Sept. 12 resumed 90-day visa-free entry for passport holders from the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New
PRIDE AND FURY: Supporters of the Taiwan People’s Communist Party sang in Tainan, while Taiwan loyalists in Kaohsiung vowed to ‘protect Taiwan until death’ Two small Taiwanese groups at the far ends of the debate over relations with Beijing marked the National Day of the People’s Republic of China yesterday with flag raisings and flag burnings — opposite responses at a time of rising tension over the Taiwan Strait. Oct. 1 marks the day that Mao Zedong (毛澤東) proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949, with the defeated Republic of China government fleeing to Taiwan at the end of that year, where — after democratic reforms — it remains to this day, neither recognizing the other. China’s national day is not officially marked in any
Adolescents aged 12 to 17 can start receiving the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, adding that the second phase of inoculations using Moderna’s bivalent vaccine would begin next week. The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that the Novavax vaccine can be administered to adolescents aged 12 to 17 as their primary series of vaccines or as a booster shot. It also allowed a mix-and-match approach. The Novavax vaccine is a good choice for eligible recipients who are worried about possible adverse reactions from other COVID-19 vaccines, said
‘CONSENSUS’: The CECC would brief the Cabinet on its reopening plans if data show that a local outbreak proceeded as it had predicted, Premier Su Tseng-chang said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) could announce today that it would fully reopen borders on Oct. 13, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday. Su in the morning inspected Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to check if airport personnel were prepared to cope with an expected rise in passenger volume today, when the weekly cap for international arrivals would increase to 60,000 people. The requirement for a saliva-based polymerase chain reaction test upon landing is also to be waived. The CECC last week announced that a zero-quarantine policy for international arrivals could be implemented from Oct. 13, depending on the local