More flu cases recorded
The Central Epidemic Command Center reported seven new A(H1N1) cases yesterday, bringing the nation's total tally for swine flu to 51. All of the new cases were overseas infections, the center told a press conference. Four of the cases came from Thailand — two male students aged 21 and 22, one 25-year-old female student and a 28-year-old man, the center said. The other three cases were from the US — two 18-year-old students and a 31-year-old man of Thai nationality, it said. All seven are now in quarantine, the center said.
Ou positive on Panama
Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) expressed optimism on Sunday about ties with Panama. Ou arrived in Panama City on Sunday for a two-day visit to promote bilateral cooperation and boost Taipei's knowledge of the incoming Panamanian government's policies and priorities, he said in an interview with the Central News Agency. Ou said he believed that relations with Panama, which date back to 1954, would remain stable and solid. Ou was scheduled to meet Panamanian president-elect Ricardo Martinelli and his incoming foreign minister, Juan Carlos Varela. He was also to give a briefing on Taiwan's development and offer Taiwanese assistance to aid Panama's economic development, Ou said. Martinelli and Varela will assume office on July 1.
Rights covenant sent to UN
The government has sent instruments of ratification for two UN human rights covenants to the UN Secretariat for deposit through four of its diplomatic allies, Taiwan's representative office in the US said on Saturday. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) signed the UN-sponsored International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into law on May 14, a move that ensures implementation of the two human rights treaties under the country's domestic laws. As Taiwan lost its China seat in the UN in 1971, it asked the UN ambassadors of Palau, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize and Gambia to refer the ratification documents to the UN Secretariat on June 8 for deposit. The action marked completion of the legal procedures for ratifying the two covenants, sources close to the representative office said. The UN Secretariat has so far not commented on Taiwan's ratification of the two pacts.
Chen Chu rates high: poll
Kaohsiung City Government has earned the acclaim of its residents after completing several public infrastructure projects, a survey by the city's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said. The poll conducted between June 7 and June 9 found that 72.4 percent of 1,081 respondents were satisfied with the city government's performance, up 7.6 percentage points from a similar survey conducted last month. Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), of the Democratic Progressive Party, had a 76 percent approval rating, while 11.6 percent of respondents expressed disapproval. The poll also found that 81.5 percent of those surveyed said they felt proud to be a resident of the city, while 8.6 percent held an opposing view. Those who expressed dissatisfaction with the government's administrative performance complained about the poor quality of city roads, haphazard road construction, chaotic traffic, dirty and disorderly streets, poor public safety, high unemployment and air pollution, the poll showed.
FEW REMAIN: Conservationists tried to stop the demolition, but to no avail, and the owner cannot be fined, as the structure was not listed as a historical building One of the few remaining Japanese colonial-era granaries in Taiwan was dismantled by its owner on Friday, prompting outrage from conservationists. The granary, which was at No. 16, Lane 11, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1 in Taipei, belonged to Taiwan Takushoku Corp during the colonial era, conservationist Chang Wan-lin (張琬琳) said, adding that she and others had been collecting information to reapply to have the building protected as a historical structure. During the colonial era, the granary served the area from Monga (艋舺) to what is now Songshan District (松山) in the north, she said. “Back then the eastern part
SEEING THE POSITIVE: A majority of respondents in Taiwan said that they favored Trump because they think Taiwan-US ties would improve with him Among eight Asia-Pacific countries and regions, only Taiwan prefers US President Donald Trump over his challenger, former US vice president Joe Biden, in the upcoming US presidential election, a survey released on Thursday showed. According to the poll published by UK-based market research firm YouGov, 42 percent of Taiwanese favor Trump in the Nov. 3 election, while 30 percent back Biden and 28 percent have no opinion. In contrast, respondents in Malaysia favor Biden over Trump 62 percent to 9 percent, and in Singapore by 66 percent to 12 percent, the survey showed. Biden also led Trump in Australia (60 percent to 21
TROUBLEMAKER: The missiles, capable of striking up to 2,000km away, would likely be used to deter other nations from coming to Taiwan’s aid, a legislator said The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has reportedly deployed advanced hypersonic missiles along China’s southeast coast, which Taiwan’s missile defense system might have difficulty intercepting, an analyst said yesterday. Citing an unnamed military source, the South China Morning Post said that the missile bases on the coasts of China’s Fujian and Zhejiang provinces have been upgraded and are stocked with DF-17 missiles, equipped with hypersonic glide vehicles. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “The
Hong Kong air traffic controllers turning away a Taiwanese flight last week might have been China’s first move in a broader campaign to restrict Taiwan’s air access to its outlying islands, a retired air force general said on Saturday. The government needs to establish a response plan in the event that aircraft are denied entry to Flight Information Regions (FIRs) en route to Kinmen and Matsu, among others islands, retired lieutenant general Chang Yen-ting (張延廷) said. The Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, as well as the Straits Exchange Foundation and Mainland Affairs Council, must