Marine caught with bullets
A serving member of the US Marine Corps was prevented from boarding a flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday after 40 rounds of rifle ammunition were discovered in his backpack, airport police said. The in-transit passenger, aged 21, was traveling from Los Angles to Okinawa, Japan, where he is based, the police said. He was scheduled to depart Taiwan at 8:35am yesterday, but was intercepted by immigration officers at the airport’s Terminal 1 when something suspicious showed up in his backpack on the hand luggage scanner at a security checkpoint, the police said, adding that upon opening the bag, immigration officers found a box containing 40 rifle bullets. The US Marine told airport police that he had bought the bullets for target practice in the US, but forgot to remove them from his bag before boarding the flight in Los Angeles. Airport police said they have informed the American Institute in Taiwan of the incident and have handed over the man to the Taoyuan Criminal Investigation Corps for further investigation.
Workers wish for pay hike
The most common New Year’s wish among the nation’s work force is to get a pay raise, according to a survey released yesterday, which also showed that less than 30 percent of workers got a wage increase last year. Among the 1,308 members of the online job bank yes123 who were surveyed, 72.9 percent said their biggest wish was to receive a pay raise, while 56 percent said they wished more than anything to find a better job. The yes123 poll also found that employees wished for a good boss or supervisor (47.7 percent), good team morale (45.9 percent) and to get their work done on time (36.7 percent).
CLEAR BEFORE LEAVING: Two baby boys and a woman in her 30s tested negative before departing for Japan, but tests taken after their arrival came back postive Three Taiwanese tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived in Japan earlier this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a new imported case. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, said that one of the three cases in Japan is a Taiwanese baby under the age of one, whose parents work in Japan. The infant came to Taiwan with his parents in January, and the parents paid for the family’s COVID-19 tests on Oct. 10 ahead of their planned return to Japan on Monday last week, he said. The boy and his
‘BACKED BY ENEMY’: CTi News is one of the few channels promoting unification, the New Party chairman said, while pro-Taiwan groups called it a propaganda outlet Pan-blue camp supporters yesterday lodged a protest at the National Communications Commission (NCC) against what they say is a possible move by the government to shut down CTi News, adding that politics should not interfere with freedom of the press. Protesters included representatives from the New Party, the Blue Sky Action Alliance, the 333 Political Party Alliance and other pan-blue groups. “We stand here today because CTi News is one of the few media outlets in Taiwan that is still willing to give groups supporting unification with China a voice. If the news channel is gone, there would only be
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Examples from South Korea and Japan show that 15 local COVID-19 infections could emerge in a short period if measures are not taken The Taipei City Government would cancel its New Year’s Eve Party and all large events if 15 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in the city within a week, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Addressing the Taipei Cross Border E-Commerce Annual Convention, Ko said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many uncertainties to society, and that e-commerce is on a path of no return and would continue to grow. Many countries have not effectively controlled their COVID-19 outbreaks, and although Taiwan implements strict border controls and there have been few inbound passengers, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon,
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused CTi News of trying to mislead the public by publishing a half-page advert claiming that the party interfered in the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) review of its application for a license renewal. CTi News is distorting the commission’s review process by painting it as a political conflict and turning it into a smear campaign against the DPP, party spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) said. “The NCC is an independent body, which carries out reviews and makes decisions based on its members’ professional expertise, as well as regulations and legal requirements governing media operations,” Yen said. “We condemn