Ko signs for Gay Games bid
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Friday signed an official letter backing the Taiwan Gay Sports and Taiwan Gay Development Movement Association’s application for Taipei to host the 2026 Gay Games. The administration said that the event could potentially attract 15,000 athletes to the city. The quadrennial event is the largest sports competition for the international LGBT community. In 2018, Taiwan won 10 gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the games in Paris. Taiwan is competing with more than 20 cities from 14 nations for hosting rights. The Sports Administration said it is working with the association to host the Straits Games in October next year.
Ministers remain in shuffle
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) are to remain in their posts when President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) second-term Cabinet takes office on Wednesday, sources said yesterday. Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), Veterans Affairs Council Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) and Ocean Affairs Council Minister Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) are to stay in their current roles, they said. The government is carrying out a Cabinet reshuffle ahead of Tsai’s re-inauguration next week. The sources said that Representative to Thailand Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) would replace Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興) as overseas community affairs council minister.
Miaoli doctor recognized
Hsieh Chun-mei (謝春梅), a physician who served his Miaoli community for more than seven decades until his death at the age of 99 last month, was on Friday posthumously awarded a presidential citation. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) presented the citation to Hsieh’s family at his funeral in Miaoli County’s Gongguan Township (公館). Thanking him for his lifelong service to his hometown and society, Tsai asked the Hakka Affairs Council to ensure that his story is recorded so that it can be told for generations to come. Hsieh, who was the oldest certified medical practitioner in Taiwan, passed away on April 29. Born into a poor farming family, he received his medical license in 1944 during the Japanese colonial rule. Instead of moving to Taipei, he chose to remain in Gongguan as his father had asked him to stay because there were no doctors in his village. He saw patients nearly every day, and even provided healthcare to people who could not afford treatment, his family said.
Taiwan tops complaints
Nearly one-third of complaints filed by Indonesian migrant fishers are employed on Taiwanese ships, the most of any nation, according to statistics released by the Indonesian National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers. Of the 389 complaints it received from 2018 to Wednesday last week, 120 were filed by fishers working on Taiwanese ships, agency head Benny Rhamdani said. Fishers working on South Korean ships reported the second-highest number of complaints, with 42, followed by Peru (30), China (23) and South Africa (16). The agency said that 164 of the complaints involved unpaid wages, while 47 involved deaths, 46 dealt with injuries, 23 with forced deportations and 18 fishers reported that their passports or other documents had been confiscated by brokers. While 213 of the complaints have been resolved, the rest are still being processed, it added.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
ZERO TOLERANCE: National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin said that he ordered Kaohsiung police to investigate reports of planned voter intimidation Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) yesterday denounced the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for asking people not to vote in a recall poll against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), while National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) called on police to follow up on reports that gangsters are planning to intimidate voters. Yen said that in an effort to save Han, the KMT has mobilized all of its members, who have increasingly tried to prevent Kaohsiung residents from exercising their right to vote in the poll on Saturday next week. She called on Kaohsiung residents to have the courage
Taipei is to reopen public facilities starting on Monday next week under three conditions, and allow indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 250 and 1,000 people respectively, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday. The three conditions are practicing social distancing measures or wearing a mask if the proper distance cannot be kept, enforcing a real-name registration system for indoor activities and prohibiting meal sharing, Huang said. All municipal facilities would resume operations under those principles, with the exception of school campuses, she said. School campuses at high-school level and below would remain closed to the public to protect student health, but