Virus Outbreak: CECC loosens rules on visitors to care facilitiesLIMIT OF THREE: Visitors for each resident would be limited to one group per day of at most three people, including children, CECC head Chen Shih-chung saidBy Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterThe Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday relaxed restrictions on visits to long-term care facilities ahead of Mother’s Day next week, as no new cases of COVID-19 were recorded for the sixth straight day. Visitors should register with facilities, while each resident should only receive one group of at most three people per day, including children, Chen said. People walk in a daylily field in Changhua County’s Huatan Township yesterday, the first day of the three-day Workers’ Day weekend. Residents and visitors should wear masks, he said, adding that those who have difficulty walking would be allowed to receive visitors in their rooms. The center presented six watermelons at yesterday’s news briefing to mark six consecutive days of no new COVID-19 cases.
CPC cuts LNG prices this monthBy Natasha Li / Staff reporterState-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday said it is cutting prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this month by 10.14 percent on a monthly basis. Effective today, LNG prices would be cut by between NT$30.9 (US$1.04) and NT$46.35 (US$1.56) for households, CPC said. A CPC Corp, Taiwan gas station in Guanyuan in Hualien County’s Sioulin Township is pictured yesterday. Photo: Huang Pei-chun, Taipei TimesThe company is to maintain the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from last month, which includes LPG for household use, industrial-use propane, butane and propane-butane mixture, despite rising international LPG prices. Citing previously absorbed costs of NT$0.9 per kilogram, CPC said it would seek compensation through higher pricing when international prices fall.
KMT legislators blast ruling on police murderBy Sean Lin / Staff reporterChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday criticized a Chiayi District Court ruling on Thursday absolving a man of murdering a police officer last year. When the train arrived at Chiayi Railway Station, police officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰) boarded the car to try to remove him. The ruling has disheartened many police officers, KMT Legislator Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔) said in a speech before a legislative meeting. It is only interested in whether [Cheng] is in a state of mental disorder in the heat of the moment,” KMT Legislator Lee Guei-min (李貴敏) later told a news conference in Taipei. KMT caucus secretary-general Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) said the ruling represented a “second injury” for members of Lee’s family.
Landis Tainan to close as pandemic hits revenueBy Crystal Hsu / Staff reporterTayih Landis Hotel Tainan (台南大億麗緻酒店), a franchise of Landis Hospitality Group (麗緻餐旅集團) and the first five-star facility in the city, is to close on June 30, citing declining business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tayih Landis Hotel Tainan yesterday announced that it is to close on June 30 as its revenue has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure came after the hospitality group in March shut down its hotel in Taichung, where Cathay Life also owns the building. Aside from the pandemic, Tayih Landis also had to deal with intensified competition as almost all domestic hotel brands now have a presence in Tainan, and more are planning to enter the market. The past few years have seen the entry of Silks Place Tainan (台南晶英酒店) and Hotel Cozzi (和逸) under Cathay Hospitality Management Co (國泰商旅), an affiliate of Cathay Life Insurance.
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Wang contributed 14 points and five rebounds, while Chou Po-hsun added 11 points and six rebounds in an all-round team performance. It was Taiwan Beer’s fifth championship title in the SBL’s 17 seasons, putting them level with Pauian Archiland for most league titles. Taiwan Beer head coach Chou Chun-san was elated to win the title, which made him the first person in SBL history to win championship titles as both a player and coach. “I needed each of our players to do their part, and they were fantastic this season,” Chou said. “Not too many foreign players in Taiwan would agree to such hard training regimens, but they did,” he added.
Manny Ramirez eyeing return to TaiwanAFP, TAIPEIFormer MLB star slugger Manny Ramirez is eyeing a comeback in Taiwan, the first nation to start its baseball season amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Manny Ramirez, left, and E-United Group chairman Lin Yi-shou hold up an EDA Rhinos jersey in Kaohsiung on March 12, 2013. “He never lost his touch he still got it Opportunity is there for a come back for China Professional Baseball League,” Zepeda said on Twitter. “I know if I was given the opportunity to come in an organization as a player-coach, it would do great things for the organization and the league,” Ramirez said. Ramirez was credited for boosting attendance in Taiwan’s once-struggling baseball league, despite only playing for three months before moving on to Japan.
Virus Outbreak: Youth rights groups call on officials to boost labor safetyBy Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporterYouth rights advocates yesterday called on the central government to offer better labor protection to workers who are recent graduates or still in school, saying that they should not be forgotten as International Workers’ Day is celebrated today. A survey of 727 workers aged 24 and younger, conducted from Thursday last week to Tuesday, was released yesterday by the Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare. Youth rights advocates yesterday hold a news conference in Taipei to present the results of a survey by the Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said that they did not know what government relief measures are in place for workers aged 24 and younger. Independent Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) urged the government to better educate young people about their labor rights, saying that part-time jobs, which many young people take on, are different than full-time jobs.
CAL, EVA shares extend relief loan-linked ralliesLIMITED-USE: State-run banks are to provide loans of NT$20 billion to both airlines, which can only use the funds to cover operational expenses such as salariesBy Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporterChina Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) and EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) shares yesterday continued their rally for a fourth day as the market welcomed news this week that the two airlines were each approved to receive relief loans of NT$20 billion (US$671.1 million). CAL gained 1.6 percent to NT$8.25 and EVA rose 1.77 percent to NT$11.5 in Taipei trading. However, CAL and EVA have this year seen their shares plunge about 20 percent and 25 percent respectively, Taiwan Stock Exchange data showed, as the COVID-19 pandemic has slashed demand for travel. UNI Airways is a subsidiary of EVA, while Mandarin Airlines is a unit of CAL. In establishing the relief scheme for airlines, the government set strict rules on how the funds can be used, with CAL and EVA saying that they would comply with the regulations.
The six-satellite Formosat-3 constellation was launched on April 15, 2006, atop a Minotaur rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket that carried the Formosat-3/COSMIC satellite constellation is pictured in an undated photograph; the constellation is to be officially retired today after 14 years of service. Despite generating a relatively small volume of data — about 2 to 3 percent of all data used in weather forecasting — Formosat-3 contributed to reducing forecast errors by 10 percent, the ECMWF said. “As of Monday last week, there are 4,551 registered community users from 92 nations that used the data,” the NSPO said. The Formosat-7 constellation, which is also comprised of six satellites, was launched on June 25 last year.
Rail police killer accused acquitted by Chiayi courtBy Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe man charged in the slaying of a railway police officer last year was acquitted of murder by the Chiayi District Court yesterday, with judges saying that the suspect, surnamed Cheng (鄭), had a mental disorder. The parents of Lee Cheng-han (李承翰), the 25-year-old railway officer killed in July last year, were at the court. Photo: CNA“My son was killed in the line of his duty as a police officer and the court gave a not guilty ruling,” he said. When the train arrived at Chiayi Station, Lee Cheng-han boarded the car to try and remove him. Lee sacrificed his life to protect passengers, but the Chiayi District Court ruled that the perpetrator is not guilty and granted bail of NT$500,000,” it said.
EPA warns power firms on dumping used solar panelsGOING SOLAR: Energy developers have to obtain a registration number for each panel and pay a recycling fee before installing the unitBy Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterSolar power developers are required to pay recycling fees for installing solar panels, and those caught illegally dumping panels would face a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$100,164), the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. The EPA has, in cooperation with the Bureau of Energy, set up a recycling system for solar panel waste, EPA Department of Waste Management Director-General Lai Ying-ying (賴瑩瑩) told a news conference in Taipei. The system was established to prevent heavy metal pollution caused by decommissioned photovoltaic panels and to foster a circular economy within the solar power industry, she said. To handle used panels, developers have to file an application with the EPA’s online solar panel recycling system, and the Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association would help recycle them, Lai said. The EPA last month helped recycle 50 solar panels decommissioned from an energy installation site in Penghu County, where solar panels are more easily eroded due to salty and humid conditions.
However, the changes have drawn criticism from local government officials since they were announced. The app was upgraded to help control the number of people at attractions during a long weekend, the ministry said. It displays crowd levels in green, yellow and red — normal, slightly more crowded than normal and crowded respectively, it added. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hung Mong-kai (洪孟楷) said that the center sent crowd warning text messages to visitors at 11 attractions during the four-day Tomb Sweeping Day weekend earlier this month. Chunghwa Telecom has been asked to revise the parameters before the holiday, it added.
Subsidies target base stations in remote areasBy Shelley Shan / Staff reporterThe government plans to budget NT$390 million (US$13.02 million) in subsidies to telecoms building base stations along more than 100 backcountry hiking trails, near several large mountain huts and along the South Link Line, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. Construction costs are expected to reach NT$180 million and no fund had previously covered building telecom infrastructure in these areas. The South Link Line, part of the nation’s mass transportation system, has a few railway stations in mountainous areas that need base stations, Cheng said. The government subsidies — to be funded by the Executive Yuan’s Secondary Reserve Fund — would cover 49 percent of the cost of building the base stations, Cheng said. The commission aims to add reception to the mountainous areas and improve reception along the South Link Line by the end of this year, Cheng said.
Taiwanese expats in the UK in the time of COVID-19Racism, empty shelves and purchasing good quality face masks are some of the difficulties experienced by overseas TaiwaneseBy Jean-Baptiste Andrieux / Contributing reporter in LONDONSince the appearance of COVID-19, Taiwanese expats living in the United Kingdom have had to face their share of adverse situations. “I was wearing a face mask on my way to do my grocery shopping when a man approached me quietly and shouted ‘virus’ in my face. Photo: APEven finding a face mask of a good standard has nonetheless proven to be difficult in the UK, and scams are plentiful. “I could find face masks online, but for an expensive price,” said Yu Chi-yi (余治儀), a student at King’s College in London. Photo: AFPSimilarly, it has become more and more complicated to purchase Taiwanese food in the UK.
Virus Outbreak: Prototype of new ventilator set to be built: ministerBy Natasha Li / Staff reporterLocal medical equipment suppliers are soon to build a prototype of a ventilator to treat COVID-19 patients, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said yesterday. Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin speaks at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Finance Committee in Taipei yesterday. Taiwanese manufacturers mainly produce positive-pressure ventilators for people with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, while ventilators for critically ill patients are imported. “Our engineers are working on building a prototype along with local companies specializing in machinery sensors and components, as well as systems integration,” an institute official told the Taipei Times by telephone. The institute expects to hold a news conference next week to showcase the prototype, the official said.