Taiwan not in Abbott recall
Department of Health officials yesterday said the brand of Abbott Laboratories powdered infant formula that the company has reported as contaminated is not imported into Taiwan. Abbott launched a voluntary mass recall of 5 million cans of its Similac brand powdered infant formula on Wednesday, saying it might be contaminated by insects, which could induce stomach pains and harm the digestive system. The Similac brand is distributed in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and certain Caribbean countries, but it has not been found in this country, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. However, officials said that the agency would continue to investigate and seek more details from Abbott.
China to borrow painting
The National Taiwan Museum plans to loan a treasured painting to China, the first such exchange with China, officials said yesterday. Previous Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected because the government feared the works might be confiscated. The National Taiwan Museum said it plans to loan a 17th-century portrait of the Ming Dynasty general Koxinga (國姓爺) — also known as Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功) and other art treasures to the Hubei Provincial Museum and another museum in Fujian Province for exhibitions next year. “We support the government’s policy of promoting cultural exchanges with the mainland,” said Li Tzu-ning (李子寧), an official at the National Taiwan Museum. In return, the Hubei museum will loan more than 100 items to the National Taiwan Museum for an exhibition scheduled for November, Li said. The National Palace Museum has said it was unlikely to loan its items to China in the absence of guarantees they would not be retained.
Plagiarist stripped of award
A man who won a poster design competition to promote copyright protection has been stripped of his prize after he was exposed as a copycat, officials said yesterday. The man, identified only by his surname, Wu (吳), apologized and admitted that his design was copied from a work by Dutch artist Dennis Sibeijn featuring a paper plane and, ironically, titled Truth. Wu was ordered to return the NT$50,000 prize he won in the contest last year when he was a university student. His deception was discovered after a commuter recognized Sibeijn’s work on a billboard of Wu’s design in a Taipei subway station and reported it to the Intellectual Property Office. The posters have now been removed from all subway stations, but officials warned that if Sibeijn files a lawsuit against Wu, he could face a jail term of up to three years or a fine of NT$750,000.
Delegation visits Canada
A 10-member delegation from the Taiwan High Court visited the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday in an effort to gain an understanding of the Canadian judicial system. Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith briefed the delegation on her court’s duties and functions. The delegation, led by Taiwan High Court Chief Justice Kuo Ya-mei (郭雅美), also held discussions with two judges Randall Echlin and Geoffrey Morawetz on the differences in the two countries’ court systems, commercial laws, bankruptcy laws and arbitration systems. Kuo said the discussions were meaningful and helpful. “What we learned during the visit could be a useful reference for judicial reforms in the future,” she said. The delegation will visit other Canadian judicial institutions until Tuesday.
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
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
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said that it has allocated NT$68 million (US$2.32 million) to build an Internet-of-things (IoT) platform that would facilitate proactive maintenance of the railway system and enhance service punctuality. The agency said that it decided to build the platform to promote horizontal communication among its departments after an investigation into the Puyuma Express derailment in October 2018 found that its four main departments — electrical engineering, rolling stock, construction and transportation — failed to share information with one another. The platform would use artificial intelligence to analyze maintenance data collected by its departments, including railway crossings,