Drug crackdowns bear fruit
The Taipei City Police Department’s increased efforts to combat illegal drugs are making great progress, with more cases resolved over the past two months, the Criminal Investigation Division said yesterday. The department launched two programs against illegal drugs in July and last month, which resulted in 1,805 drug-related cases and the arrest of 1,849 people for drug offenses, up 19.9 percent and 18.2 percent respectively from the same period last year, division anti-drugs center head Huang Ren-jian (黃壬鍵) said. With the help of big-data analytics, officers raided 91 hot spots known for drug crimes and conducted more inspections on roads frequented by people associated with drugs. A total of 263 spot checks were carried out over the period, leading to 823 cases and 831 arrests, the center said.
Tsai visits injured soldier
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday visited Chin Liang-feng (秦良丰) at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei ahead of Armed Forces Day today. The paratrooper is recovering from critical injuries sustained in a May 17 drill rehearsal accident, and Tsai said that he has come a long way toward recovering and is in good spirits. The president posted photographs of her visit on Instagram and said that she hoped the 26-year-old would continue his rehabilitation efforts and would use his recovery period to enrich himself. Chin was badly injured after his parachute failed to fully open when he jumped from a C-130 plane at a height of 396m. He was in a coma for several days. Neurological surgery department head Chen Yuan-hao (陳元皓) on Aug. 16 said that that Chin had been moved from intensive care to a regular ward on Aug. 13 and had been doing well with rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Airport MRT ranked fourth
Taiwan has the fourth-fastest connection between a major airport and commercial district in Asia, according to a list by Klook, a Hong Kong-based booking platform. It takes 1.2 minutes per kilometer to travel from the Taipei City Hall MRT Station to Taipei Main Station, transfer to the airport MRT line and arrive at the check-in counters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 1, Klook said on Friday. Malaysia topped the list with 0.53 minutes per kilometer from downtown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, followed by South Korea, where it takes 0.9 minutes per kilometer to reach Incheon Airport from central Seoul. Hong Kong placed third, with Airport Express trains taking 1.18 minutes per kilometer to travel to Hong Kong International Airport, Klook said.
Zhao wins best director
Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Zhao (趙德胤) took home Best Director on Saturday night from the 58th Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Taipei for his drama The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城). The Road to Mandalay is a story about two Burmese who flee their country’s civil war in search of a new life in Thailand. It premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in 2016. Garth Davis’ Australian drama film Lion took home the festival’s biggest prize, Best Feature Film. Best Actress went to Hong Kong’s Teresa Mo (毛舜筠) for her role in Tomorrow Is Another Day (黃金花), while Amir Ali Danaei of Iran won Best Actor for his role in Appendix. Malaysian Dain Said’s 2016 fantasy-noir thriller Interchange won the Best Visual Effect.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s