Beethoven concerts planned
Orchestras in Taipei and Kaohsiung are to hold Beethoven-themed concerts over the coming weeks to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The National Symphony Orchestra on Thursday announced plans for three concerts at the National Concert Hall, to be streamed on Public Television Service’s (PTS) YouTube channel and the PTS+ streaming service. The concerts are to begin at 7:30pm today, on Saturday and on June 12, and are to be available on the PTS+ platform afterward. The Taipei Symphony Orchestra on Friday said that tickets had sold out in two days for its Beethoven-themed concert on June 5 at the National Concert Hall. The Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra is to stream a recorded concert at 7:30pm on Saturday on the YouTube channels of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts and the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival.
Summer games announced
A national sports event is to be held in August to allow the nation’s athletes who were supposed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer to review their fitness and adapt their training programs if necessary, Sports Administration Director-General Kao Chin-hsung (高俊雄) said on Thursday. The event is to be held from Aug. 1 to 8 at the National Sports Training Center in Kaohsiung and is to feature 12 disciplines — athletics, swimming, archery, boxing, karate, gymnastics, table tennis, badminton, weight-lifting, taekwondo, judo and shooting — he said. The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in March postponed the Olympic Games until next summer because of concerns about athletes’ health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Body of woman found
Rescue personnel yesterday found the body of a 37-year-old woman who fell into the water from a pier at Nantou County’s Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) the previous day, the Nantou County Fire Station said. The woman, surnamed Chang (張), was about to board a ferry in the evening when she slipped and fell into the water, fire officials said. Rescue divers were immediately sent to the area to search for her, station section chief Chin Ko-han (金可瀚) said. However, underwater visibility was extremely poor due to heavy rain and divers were forced to halt their search after four hours at about 9pm, he said. A team of about 30 divers was dispatched yesterday morning and found her body at the bottom of the lake at 1:55pm, he said.
Fetus found in septic tank
Cleaners on Thursday discovered a four-month-old fetus in a septic tank in a residential community in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊), police said. Cleaners opened the lid of the tank in the building’s basement at about 10am and saw the fetus floating in the tank, police said. They immediately alerted the manager of the complex, who contacted the police, they said. Firefighters and police who arrived at the scene could not identify the gender of the fetus, police added. An investigation has been launched, police said, adding that they would examine surveillance camera footage in the building and question the residents of the complex. The fetus might have been flushed down the toilet, police said.
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