By Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporterThe Transitional Justice Commission has listed four flaws in new curriculum guidelines for the 12-year national education system, which are scheduled to be implemented in September next year. To promote transitional justice, it is the commission’s job to review curriculum guidelines, as well as textbooks and test questions, particularly to see if they purposefully neglect to mention transitional justice or the White Terror era, commission member Hua Yih-fen (花亦芬) said yesterday. The chapter should be renamed “Building the Party-state Rule Under Political Tutelage,” to ensure a smoother transition to the chapter on the 228 Incident and the ensuing White Terror era, she said. Hua said some junior-high school history teachers have complained about textbooks praising the political tutelage period. While the junior-high school history curriculum includes the White Terror era as a topic, only one hour of class time is allocated to it, which is not enough to provide students with a good understanding of the era, Hua said.
He arrived on a state visit to Taiwan on Wednesday and is scheduled to depart on Tuesday next week. Tsai’s administration has demonstrated itself to be an effective team that endeavors to communicate with the public about its policies, the king said. Late last month, Burkina Faso severed ties with Taiwan and switched recognition to Beijing. Taiwan has the capacity and the willingness to make a greater contribution to the world, Tsai said, adding that setbacks would only make her nation braver. The agreement was inked by Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) and Swazi Minister of Commerce and Trade Jabulani Mabuza, with Tsai and the king acting as witnesses.
AP, PHILADELPHIA, PennsylvaniaBryan Colangelo might not have authored any of the tweets himself, but he seemed to provide private information that went into them. When his wife used those details to criticize his own players or rival colleagues, Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers knew he could no longer remain their top executive. Colangelo on Thursday resigned as president of operations for the 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information. The independent review by a law firm did not determine that Colangelo operated or was even aware of Twitter accounts that anonymously trashed some of his own players and fellow executives, and defended him against criticism from fans and the media. “Our investigation revealed substantial evidence that Mr Colangelo was the source of sensitive, non-public, club-related information contained in certain posts to the Twitter accounts,” the report said.
AP, BUENOS AIRESSan Lorenzo have just scored the decisive goal to qualify for the Libertadores Cup, but in the stands behind one of the goals, fans of the Argentine team barely notice. Carolina Rutkoweski waves her arms and shakes her hips as she sings: “San Lorenzo, what I feel I can’t explain / I’ll be with you always / Because the blue and red runs in my soul” to the music of Luis Fonsi’s hit Despacito. The new song was recorded by the Wooden Planks in a house outside Buenos Aires and was released last month. The Wooden Planks said they contacted the Puerto Rican singer’s recording label and it agreed to let them record. San Lorenzo, one of Argentina’s top five soccer clubs, was formed in 1908 in a middle-class suburb of Buenos Aires.
AP, PARISWhen the French Open final was played a year ago, Sloane Stephens was nowhere near Roland Garros. Stephens on Thursday closed in on her second Grand Slam title by beating pal Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in the first all-American semi-final at the French Open since 2002. It also was a rematch of the US Open final won by Stephens in September last year. Stephens’ opponent in today’s final is to be Simona Halep, who emphatically ended the impressive French Open run of 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4. While Halep sometimes has trouble with so much on the line, Stephens has been perfect in title matches, going 6-0.
By Dave Carroll / Staff reporterTaiwan’s delegation to the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children’s Social program yesterday arrived in Moscow for the event being held ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. This year, the program has been expanded with the goal of inviting children from all 211 members of FIFA. The 32 teams are to train for the next few days before competing at the F4F World Championship five-a-side tournament in Moscow on Tuesday. The final events of the sixth season will be held in Moscow during the World Cup Russia 2018. The Taiwanese delegation is being led by Robert Iwanicki, the manager of Taiwan Football Premier League side Royal Blues.
By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe forced removal of protesters at a demonstration against amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) last year might have infringed upon their constitutional rights, the Control Yuan said yesterday as it issued corrective notices to the Taipei City Government and the Ministry of the Interior. The encirclement of protesters and lawyers representing their interests, as well as their subsequent forced relocation to suburbs of Taipei on Dec. 23 last year, was inappropriate, reports by the Control Yuan’s Committee of Domestic Affairs and Ethnic Minorities said. Any action taken should be done in an appropriate manner and should not exceed the bounds of what is necessary to accomplish the goal. In terms of procedure, police must first order the disbanding of any protest, and only upon the refusal to listen to multiple warnings, should they resort to forcibly disbanding protests, the committee said. Also, the necessity of such intervention, and to what degree it infringes on the constitutional rights to free assembly and personal freedom, should be considered, the committee said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterTaipei police on Thursday said they have found the body of a man who apparently committed suicide, who they believe killed his younger brother the previous day. Investigators were looking for Ho Liang-chien (何良鑑), 64, in connection with the death of his younger brother, Ho Liang-lien (何良鍊), 56, on Wednesday, after disputes over family properties left by their late father in Taipei’s Waishuangxi area (外雙溪). “The body of Ho Liang-chien was found this morning on a forested hill in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林),” a Shilin Police Precinct statement said. A family member said that after the death of the Ho brothers’ father, both brothers inherited land and properties. A younger family member reported receiving a telephone call from Ho Liang-chien on Wednesday night, in which he allegedly said: “I have killed your uncle.
Over the course of the exposition, he collected more than 300 stamps in his notebook and stored them in a box along with other objects he had preserved from the Japanese colonial era. Chen, who specializes in writing about the Japanese colonial era, learned about Yang’s notebook after a friend introduced her to Yang’s family. Chen not only outlines where each stamp came from, but also discusses the social and cultural experiences of Taiwanese who lived during the Japanese colonial era. When designing the commemorative stamps, Japanese artists often used images such as coconut trees, tropical fruit, Aborigines and temples to attract Japanese visitors to Taiwan, she said. When designing commemorative stamps and materials to promote tourism today, Taiwanese are “using our own angle” to promote Taiwan, she said.
By Hsieh Chun-lin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday indicted YouTuber Chung Wei-ting (仲惟鼎), better known by his alias Amogood, on charges of contravening the Copyright Act (著作權法). Walt Disney Co, DeltaMac (Taiwan) Co, Autoai Design Co, KKTV Co and Garage Play Co last year all filed lawsuits against Amogood citing copyright infringment, the office said. He said that his use of the movies was “reasonable” and should be defined as derivatives of the original works, but declined to comment on how he obtained copies of the movies. After studying scene-by-scene analysis provided by the five companies, prosecutors concluded that Amogood only inserted his own commentary and made no further changes. In its indictment, the office suggested that the court consider the 13 videos as separate counts of criminal activity.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterA Chinese-American graduate student surnamed Lin (林) is being held on suspicion of running a syndicate shipping firearms from the Philippines to Taiwan and onward to Hong Kong and cities in China. Lin was born in China, but his family later moved to Hong Kong, a National Police Agency official said, adding that he obtained UK citizenship and US citizenship before moving to Taiwan to study law seven years ago. “Investigators found that Lin was operating an international firearms smuggling racket. Investigators found that Lin made frequent trips to the Philippines, Hong Kong and China starting in July last year, on which they suspect he sourced firearms and built connections. Lin hired people to pick up the cargo using forged documentation and repackaged the parts for courier delivery to China, they said.
Singers Chyi Yu and Michelle Pan will hold a joint concert at the Taipei Arena tomorrow in memory of their good friend, the late Taiwanese author Chen Ping, better known by her pseudonym Sanmao. The Ministry of Culture has uploaded the English translation of some of her works on its platform “Books from Taiwan” at www.booksfromtaiwan.tw/. Sanmao and Jose lived in Spain’s Canary Islands in the 1970s. The local tourism authorities announced this year that they have mapped out a tour route in memory of the writer, hoping to attract millions of fans to travel there. (Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)歌手齊豫、潘越雲為了紀念她們的好友、已故台灣作家陳平（筆名三毛），將於明日在台北小巨蛋共同舉辦演唱會，重新詮釋由這位傳奇作家填詞的「回聲」等專輯，讓她筆下的「夢田」、「橄欖樹」、「不要告別」等經典重現舞台。三毛於一九九一年自殺身亡，生前著作豐富，包括一九七六年的暢銷書《撒哈拉的故事》等，該書描述和西班牙夫婿荷西在撒哈拉沙漠獨特的生活經驗。文化部已將部分作品的英語翻譯上傳至其平台「Books from Taiwan」: www.booksfromtaiwan.tw/。三毛和荷西於一九七○年代曾居住在西班牙的加納利群島，當地旅遊主管年初宣布，已規劃好紀念這位作家的旅遊路線，希望能吸引數百萬粉絲前往旅遊。（台北時報張聖恩）
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By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterNew Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) yesterday called for legislation on refugees to better protect people, such as Chinese human rights activist Huang Yan (黃燕), who are seeking political asylum in Taiwan. Huang, who has been granted refugee status by the UN, arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on May 29 from Jakarta. With the help of Taiwan Association for China Human Rights chairman Yang Hsien-hung (楊憲宏), Huang was on May 30 allowed into the nation for three months. “Before arriving in Taiwan, Huang had been imprisoned many times in China and denied medical treatment for cancer and a miscarriage. “The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which took effect in Taiwan in 2009, prohibits nations from returning individuals to other nations where they could face risk of human rights violations or abuse.
The Kiwis scored the only goal of the game when Cameron Howeson dashed through the six-yard box 35 minutes into the game, but Taiwan goalkeeper Pan Wen-chieh blocked the close-range shot. The referee awarded a penalty to New Zealand and striker Myer Bevan hit the net for a one-goal advantage. In the second half, Taiwan made attacking runs in search of the equalizer, with forward Chen Hao-wei threatening the Kiwi goal several times, but failing to convert. It was the second straight loss for Taiwan under English head coach Gary White, after the 5-0 crushing defeat to hosts India in the tournament’s opener on Friday last week. All matches are scheduled for 8pm local time in India (10:30pm in Taiwan).
AFP, TOKYOJapan’s Akiyo Noguchi began climbing as a tearaway tot clambering onto the backs of cows for kicks on the family farm — now she is targeting Olympic gold. The 29-year-old put down an early marker for the 2020 Tokyo Games, when sport climbing makes its Olympic debut, by capturing her third straight World Cup bouldering title last weekend. “It was 10 years ago and climbing wasn’t in the Olympics, it was still a minor sport,” Noguchi told reporters in an interview. Speed emphasizes a climber’s pace, while lead climbing involves the athlete clipping into hooks along the face of the wall with the help of a teammate belaying below. Many in the crowd last weekend knew little about sport climbing, but Noguchi could well change that at the Tokyo Olympics.