Mother resumes hunger strike
The mother of former air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良), who died in 2008, was rushed to a hospital yesterday morning after she began a hunger strike on Sunday last week outside the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense. Yu Jui-ming (尤瑞敏) was sent to a hospital yesterday for a short treatment before she was back outside the ministry to continue her fast. Military investigators decided that Tsai had committed suicide by shooting himself with a T65 rifle during target practice, but his family says the fatal wounds were caused by a bullet from a pistol, not a rifle. Yu has said she will end her fast once the ministry conducts a ballistics test as part of her son’s case.
Golden Melody envoys named
The Golden Melody Awards have unveiled an ensemble of celebrity spokespeople with three of the biggest and most established pop singers in Taiwan: Jay Chou (周杰倫), Jody Chiang (江蕙) and Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), better known as A-mei (阿妹). The ambassadors for the June 28 event shot a promotional video directed by award-winning music video director Bill Chia, event host Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) said. Together, A-mei, Chou — dubbed the king of Mandarin pop — and Chiang, called the diva of Taiwanese-language music, have won a total of 29 Golden Melody awards and been nominated a total of 132 times. The 25th Golden Melody Awards ceremony is to be held at the Taipei Arena on June 28. TTV is to broadcast the red-carpet event and awards ceremony live from 5pm. This year’s ceremony is to be hosted by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu (庾澄慶). The nominees list scheduled to be released this month, but exact dates have yet to be announced.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’