Man sentenced for weed
A man was sentenced to five years and six months in prison for growing marijuana and making cigarettes, cream and chocolate out of the flowering plant categorized as a Category II narcotic, a Changhua District Court document released on Friday said. The court document said that the man, surnamed Tseng (曾), purchased 50 marijuana seeds for NT$25,000 from a person known as “Tank” on social media, and grew 50 marijuana plants based on YouTube video tutorials. In his defense, Tseng said he had been diagnosed with depressive disorders and that the marijuana products were for his personal use, the document said. Although there is no evidence to indicate that Tseng grew cannabis to sell and make a profit, he was sentenced to five years and six months according to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act (毒品危害防治條例), the court said.
Musicians spotlight history
A group of musicians are to display 400 years of Taiwanese history in their performance of the Formosa Story in concerts in the German cities of Leipzig, Berlin, Stuttgart and Munich from today through Saturday. Music promoter Ho-Hai-Yan Arts, which has an office in Germany, invited the group consisting of pianist couple Lina Yeh (葉綠娜) and Rolf-Peter Wille, as well as violinists Su Shien-ta (蘇顯達) and Lin Ching-ju (林錦如), to take concertgoers on a journey of Taiwanese history through music and lyrics. The performances would blend the works of European composers such as Mozart and Richard Strauss with pieces by Japanese master Kosaku Yamada and Taiwanese masters Kuo Chih-yuan (郭芝苑) and Hsiao Tyzen (蕭泰然), Wille said.
Phyllis Gomda Hsi dies
Taiwanese vocalist and music professor Phyllis Gomda Hsi (席慕德) passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday last week, Hsi’s niece the pianist Solungga Liu (劉芳慈) wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. Liu said that her aunt passed away peacefully in her sleep in a nursing facility, where she had lived since the beginning of this month. Liu said Hsi had been relatively healthy leading up to her passing. Born in Beijing in 1938, Hsi attended National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), where she majored in vocal music with a minor in piano. Hsi studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen in Germany in 1962, and became a soprano with Germany’s Theater Regensburg following her graduation. From 1969 to 1971, Hsi toured Southeast Asian countries twice to perform lieder — German art songs — at the behest of the Goethe-Institut Munchen. Hsi dedicated her career to training Taiwanese musicians before honing her talents in New York in 1975 by studying under US operatic soprano Eleanor Steber. She returned to NTNU in 1985 to continue teaching until her retirement in 2003.
MOUs penned with Poland
Taiwan and Poland have signed two memorandums of understanding (MOU) on electric vehicles and hydrogen energy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Wednesday. The MOUs were signed by both sides during the 11th Taiwan-Poland Economic Consultations meeting in Warsaw on Tuesday, the ministry said, adding that the meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi (陳正祺) and Polish Secretary of State for Economic Development and Technology Grzegorz Piechowiak.
Two people were killed and another nine injured yesterday after being stung by hornets while hiking in New Taipei City’s Rueifang District (瑞芳), with officials warning against wearing perfume or straying from trails during the autumn to avoid the potentially deadly creatures. Seven of the hikers only sustained minor injuries after being stung along the Bafenliao Hiking Trail (八分寮) and made their way down the mountain with a guide, the New Taipei City Fire Department said. Four of them — all male — sustained more serious injuries and were assisted when leaving the mountain, the department said. Two of them, a man surnamed
Recent movements by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been “highly unusual,” but the military maintains a grasp of the situation, Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said on Friday, after the military for the first time said it was monitoring troop movements in China’s Dacheng Bay (大埕灣). The minister gave the remarks to reporters before appearing at the legislature on the first day of its new session. The Ministry of National Defense on Thursday evening released an air force surveillance photograph of a PLA Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, and said it was monitoring the PLA Rocket Force and ground
China’s Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong has asked foreign consulates in Hong Kong to submit details of their local staff, which is more proof that the “one country, two systems” model no longer exists, a Taiwanese academic said. The office sent letters dated Monday last week to consulates in the territory, giving them one month to submit the information it requires. The move followed Beijing’s attempt to obtain floor plans for all properties used by foreign missions in Hong Kong last year, which raised concerns among diplomats that the information could be used for
‘ABNORMITY’: News of the military exercises on the coast of the Chinese province facing Taiwan were made public by the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday Taiwan’s military yesterday said it has detected the Chinese military initiating a round of exercises at a bay area in coastal Fujian Province, which faces Taiwan, since early yesterday morning and it has been closely monitoring the drills. The exercises being conducted at Fujian’s Dacheng Bay featured an undisclosed number of People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) warplanes, warships and ground troops, the Ministry of National Defense said in a press statement. The ministry did not disclose what kind of military exercises are being conducted there and for how long they would be happening, but it did say that it has been closely watching