By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterFormer president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) on Friday said he thinks the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should support Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) in the Nov. 24 mayoral election. At a pro-independence group’s dinner event on Friday, Lee responded to reporters’ questions by asking: “Does the DPP have anyone suitable [as a challenger]? As a doctor who can govern Taipei like this, I think he is doing a pretty good job,” Lee added. Of all the politicians he has met in Taiwan, Lee is the best-read and is full of philosophical wisdom, Ko said, adding that supporters and opponents alike can agree that he is an admirable person. Asked whether he thought that Lee’s remarks might reduce resistance against him within the pan-green camp, Ko said he thinks they might somewhat reduce resistance, but laughed and refused to answer whether he agrees that the DPP has no suitable candidate for the mayoral election.
AFP, PARISThe World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host nation to burnish its international image, but Russia’s tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year. The World Cup will also come after months of controversy over the doping of Russian athletes. The doping scandal had been so huge in scope that it has had the odd effect of eclipsing criticism of Russia’s organization of the World Cup, Chadwick said. “Compared to Qatar, Russia is getting a relatively easy ride,” he said, referring to criticism of the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. “It’s almost as though the doping scandal has sidetracked any scrutiny of the World Cup.”
AFP, MONTREALThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Friday said it was “actively exploring alternatives” after Swiss manufacturer Berlinger Special AG said it would stop making secure anti-doping sample collection bottles. Berlinger earlier on Friday announced that it was pulling out of the business, but pledged to keep sending out collection kits until stocks ran out in a bid to prevent a short-term shortage. The far-reaching scandal saw Russia barred from the Pyeongchang Games, although Russian athletes who met certain criteria were allowed to compete as neutrals. Berlinger on Friday said that “increasingly institutionalized forms of doping malpractice” had increased the demands made on the test kits. “These developments are not only damaging to sport — they have become increasingly incompatible with our corporate values and core competencies,” Berlinger chairwoman Andrea Berlinger said in a statement posted on the company’s Web site.
Supporters of Hsu, who is a law professor at National Cheng Kung University, have reportedly been pushing for him to run for Tainan mayor since last year. The “Professor Hsu Chung-hsin, Tainan Mayor Fan Club” featured a photograph of Hsu, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and others taken at a gathering as its profile picture. The DPP on Thursday announced that Huang had defeated six competitors in the Tainan mayoral primary and would on Wednesday be nominated as the party’s candidate. Lee Teng-hui Association for Democracy board member Wang Shou-kuo (王壽國) on Friday said that Hsu had told him he would “report my decision to you after the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] confirms its candidate [for the Tainan mayoral election. Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) helped found the TSU in 2001 and is regarded as the party’s spiritual leader.
China is already blocking Taiwan’s international development through investments and purchases all over the world, Lee said. Any national leader who creates opposition between pro-unification and pro-independence supporters or allows it to happen would be extremely irresponsible, Lee added. “Taiwan must jump out of an illusory ‘Greater China’ mentality,” Lee said. “Do not use the time when someone arrived in Taiwan as the standard to determine whether they are Taiwanese,” Lee said. The criteria for identifying new-age Taiwanese are clear, Lee said: They love Taiwan, put Taiwan first and identify with democratic Taiwanese values.
By Tsai Ching-hua and Chen Wen-chan / Staff reportersThree pygmy killer whales rescued from the Port of Kaohsiung (高雄港) died on Friday night despite hours of treatment by experts, who found 18 entangled plastic bags in the stomach of one of the whales. The three whales were part of more than 20 cetaceans disoriented in the port and reported to Kaohsiung City Government’s Agriculture Bureau on Feb. 4. The agriculture bureau found the carcasses of a Risso’s dolphin and eight pygmy killer whales in the days following the alert. Despite hours of treatment, the whales lost their lives on Friday night, Wang said yesterday, adding that their cardiopulmonary functions were weak before they died. “The whale’s stomach was stuffed with bags.
By Su Yung-yao and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerThere were 42 instances of China interfering in the nation’s foreign affairs last year, the most in a single year for the past decade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Areas in which China exercised this interference included political and economic exchanges, as well as cultural events, the ministry said, adding that it expects Beijing to increase its pressure on Taiwan over the coming year. Aside from poaching the nation’s diplomatic allies, including Panama, which severed ties with Taiwan in June last year, China has also been putting pressure on non-official exchanges with other nations, the ministry said. China is expected to obstruct Taiwan’s attendance as an observer at this year’s WHA meeting as well, the ministry said. The scheme was established in 2003 by the UN to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the mainstream rough diamond market.
“Warship Cliff” in the county’s Jianshi Township (尖石), named for its ship-like appearance, is a popular destination, the township office said. The inscription describes the effectiveness of three cannons that were installed by the Japanese to suppress Atayal and other Aboriginal communities in the nearby mountains. During the colonial period, a force of 3,000 Japanese soldiers stationed throughout the area employed the cannons against Aborigines in Hsinchu and New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來), visitors said. Visitors also expressed regret over the closure of the paths to the cannons’ remains due to landslides, the office said. Yeh would work with the office to have the inscription fixed or replaced, he said.
Although the Ministry of National Defense has not yet officially awarded the project to CSBC, the company is nonetheless off to a good start, CSBC president Tseng Kuo-cheng (曾國正) said on Friday. Success in attracting potential builders for the first project in the indigenous shipbuilding program initiated by President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration could be considered a significant step forward, the ministry said. The ministry said it plans to take delivery of the first vessel under the Hung Yun project by 2021 and it envisions two vessels as part of the project. The project was conceived in 2008 to replace the navy’s ROCS Chung Cheng, which was refitted from the USS Comstock, a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship commissioned by the US in July 1945. However, the plan languished for nearly 10 years due to a lack of funding.
Staff writer, with CNAGoogle yesterday temporarily changed its online logo to one that showed a train passing through mountain tracks lined with cherry blossom trees, to celebrate the 106th year of the Alishan Forest Railway’s operations. The search engine’s themed logos, known as Google Doodles, celebrate specific occasions in targeted countries or regions. Google featured the doodle to “[celebrate] the landmark on what is known as kickoff day for the Alishan ‘Cherry Blossom Season,’” it said on its Doodle Archive Web site. The annual Alishan cherry blossom festival is to officially open on Thursday. The three railroad stretches within the Alishan Forest Recreation Area (阿里山國家風景區) are all operating normally.
The grand justices ordered the Judicial Yuan, the competent authority on the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法), to amend Article 33, Subparagraph 2 of the code within the year. Judicial Yuan statistics showed that 31,669 out of 50,361 defendants chose to represent themselves in court in 2016. Such defendants will be entitled to request and read the rulings in their cases after the Judicial Yuan amends the code, it said. The restrictions imposed by Article 33, Subparagraph 2 were introduced for fear that defendants would tamper with or destroy evidence, Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang (呂太郎) said. However, digitization of documents has removed such fears, and allowing defendants without legal representation access to such files would be better for such defendants, Lu said.
Task force members revealed the results of their survey on gender friendliness in physicians’ workplaces in Taipei on Wednesday. The survey was conducted by interviewing 600 physicians, who were also given questionnaires. Wei said interns often train in the surgical department and some superiors take advantage of this to touch or harass them. The survey showed that although the sexual harassment rates are high for both female and male physicians, only 3 percent of them filed a formal complaint, and while 8 percent of women filed a complaint, none of the men did, Wei said. The group urged hospitals to make systems for filing sexual harassment complaints more accessible to medical practitioners, and to review sexual harassment prevention measures and physicians’ long working hours.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taichung District Court on Friday convicted a man of killing three dogs with poison in a breach of the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法), sentencing him to three months in prison and fining him NT$100,000. The court found the man, surnamed Hung (洪), guilty of “killing, deliberately hurting or causing injury to an animal” in violation of Article 25 of the act. The prison term is commutable to a fine of NT$1,000 per day. Huang told police that he was walking his three dogs when they found the sausages and ate them. While Huang was reporting his case, another man also came to report that his dog had eaten something and died, police said.
By Hung Chen-hung and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerA Hibiscus tiliaceus is to be planted tomorrow to replace the original “southernmost plant in Kaohsiung” after it was destroyed by a typhoon two years ago. The tree, dubbed the “southernmost plant,” was located near where Gaoping River (高屏溪) and the Taiwan Strait intersect. There used to be many Hibiscus tiliaceus along the coast of Linyuan, Linyuan District Mangrove Conservation Society director-general Su Wen-hua (蘇文華) said. However, due to erosion along the coastline, Hibiscus tiliaceus gradually disappeared, he said. The Linyuan District Office, the Linyuan District Mangrove Conservation Society and CPC Corp, Taiwan’s petrochemical business division collaborated to make the project happen.
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By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe recent increase in the cost of living remains within the government’s target and prices have been “relatively stable” compared with previous years, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday at a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Lai made the remarks in response to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Chien-kuo’s (劉建國) questions about the consumer price index rising 2.13 percent year-on-year last month, its fastest pace in 13 months. As prices of goods correlates to electricity prices, Liu asked the premier to comment on media reports that electricity prices would rise either next month or in October, and that the government would make a decision next week at the earliest. It is best not to speculate on the matter, as unnecessary speculation would only aggravate public concern, Lai said. The Electricity Pricing Review Committee would follow standard procedures when evaluating whether it is necessary to raise power rates, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said.
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