KMT postpones congress
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will postpone taking over the helm of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) until Oct. 17, when the party will hold its national congress at the Hsinchuang Stadium in Taipei County, the party said yesterday. KMT spokesman Lee Chien-jung (李建榮) said that the country’s first priority was post-typhoon disaster relief, so the party decided to postpone its congress from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17 and Ma would be sworn in as party chairman at that time. The congress, which had been scheduled to be held at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, would be moved to the stadium, Lee said. Election of the party’s Central Committee members would also be put off until Sept. 27, while that that of the Central Standing Committee members would be delayed until Oct. 11, he said.
CIP debates member’s fate
The Council of Indigenous People’s (CIP) Atayal tribal representative Yun Tien-pao (雲天寶) might be penalized for not getting permission to visit China in advance, but the council has not made a decision, its personnel director Lee Ping-chou (李秉洲) said yesterday. Yun was part of an Aboriginal delegation led by Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Aboriginal Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) that visited Beijing last Wednesday. Yun said yesterday that he tendered his resignation from the council two days before he left for China. When council Minister Chang Jen-hsiang (章仁香) insisted that a resignation must be sent in one month in advance, Yun requested three days off instead. However, Yun did not explain why he had not applied for permission to travel to China.
NSC member resigns
Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) confirmed yesterday that National Security Council (NSC) adviser Tsai Hung-ming (蔡宏明) had submitted his resignation for career reasons. When asked for comment about the resignation yesterday afternoon, Wang rebutted a story in the Chinese-language Commercial Times that said Tsai had resigned because he had not seen any major progress in the government’s plan to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China. The newspaper said Tsai wanted to return to the private sector because he felt restrained within the council. Wang also dismissed rumors that the council was divided. Meanwhile, an official at the Presidential Office said the council was hoping to recruit an adviser with expertise in energy security. Tsai’s aide said he would return to the Chinese National Federation of Industries to serve as the organization’s deputy secretary-general.
Taipei to host coffee festival
Want to try coffee with an innovative flavor? Taipei City will host the 2nd Taipei Coffee Festival, with the winner of the best coffee shop to be announced on Oct. 31. Internet and cellphone users have nominated 50 coffee shops for the festival. A panel of 50 judges, made up of professional coffee connoisseurs, will select the top 30 contenders on Sept. 10. On Oct. 31, the public will be invited to a creative coffee competition at the Taipei City Hall square, where the judges will name the top three winners. Last year’s winner mixed coffee with roselle. The first runner-up won the title with coffee mixed with Muzha’s tieguanyin (鐵觀音), a Chinese tea. The second runner-up won the judge’s favor with coffee mixed with monascus purpureus.
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