Undocumented migrants arrestedStaff writer, with CNAA dozen undocumented migrants were arrested during a sweep of Taichung’s ASEAN Plaza over the weekend, police said on Tuesday. The authorities launched the operation on Saturday by visiting a number of dance clubs on the plaza’s sixth floor, where they arrested five undocumented Vietnamese men before conducting spot checks on the seventh floor, the statement said. Undocumented migrants are found hiding in a small room by police during a sweep of Taichung’s ASEAN Plaza on Saturday last week. Police will continue to conduct weekly spot checks in the area and encourage undocumented migrants to proactively contact the NIA for assistance to be deported back to their country of origin, Chou said. There are a total of 49,859 undocumented migrants in Taiwan, NIA statistics as of the end of April showed.
Freeway Bureau data showed that the severest congestion occurred on the southbound lanes of Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway (Freeway No. 5 would likely not alleviate until 8pm yesterday, whereas the amount of traffic on other freeways would gradually decrease after 4pm, it added. The southbound lanes of Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway (Freeway No. 5) are pictured congested with traffic yesterday on the first day of the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend. “Congestion occurs when the volume of traffic increases by 20 percent in a short period of time, as it exceeds the capacity of the freeways.
Taiwan on Tuesday received notice from Japanese authorities of a confirmed case of COVID-19, a female student in her 20s who had returned to Japan from Taiwan and was asymptomatic, the CECC said on Wednesday. Photo: Lin Hui-chin, Taipei TimesShe returned to Japan on Saturday last week and tested positive upon her arrival there, it said. Japanese authorities and the center believe that the case was unlikely to have been contagious at the time of testing, Chuang said. The center yesterday revised the number of people ordered into home isolation to 123. He was sent to a quarantine facility and did not come into contact with family members or friends in Taiwan, Chuang said.
KMT illegally acquired land: assets committeeBy Chen Yu-fu and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee said that its initial investigation found that the plots of land housing multiple Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) service centers across the nation were illegally acquired during the Martial Law era. Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee Chairman Lin Feng-jeng, center, speaks at a news conference at the committee’s headquarters in Taipei in an undated photograph. Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei TimesThe KMT in 1987 purchased the land on which it built the KMT Nuannuan Service Center from the Keelung City Government, the committee said. The KMT Gaoshu Service Center in Pingtung County’s Gaoshu Township (高樹) was built in the 1950s on a piece of township-owned land that the KMT had “occupied,” it said. The KMT in 2008 resold the land and property to Kuang-Hwa Investment, it added.
TCFH chairman Lei Chung-dar (雷仲達) made the remarks after the company’s annual general meeting, when government-appointed candidates secured an overwhelming majority on the company’s board, winning 13 of 15 seats. Shareholders attend Taiwan Cooperative Financial Holding Co’s annual general meeting in Taipei on Wednesday. Lei said that people who previously postponed property purchases might start to resume buying after the virus crisis in Taiwan began to wind down late last month. Overall, the record low interest rate would lend support to property purchases, Lei said. Shareholders at the meeting approved a proposal to distribute a cash dividend of NT$1.15 per common share.
Tributes paid as hepatitis expert Chen dies at 76By Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNAAcademia Sinica’s Chen Ding-shinn (陳定信), the nation’s leading authority on hepatitis, died from pancreatic cancer at National Taiwan University Hospital on Wednesday. Born on July 6, 1943, in then-Taipei County’s Yingge Township (鶯歌), Chen was a student of National Taiwan University College of Medicine professor Sung Juei-low (宋瑞樓), dubbed the Taiwanese father of liver disease research. Academia Sinica’s Chen Ding-shinn holds a bouquet of flowers at a book launch in an undated photograph. To overcome public resistance to the program, Chen and Sung appeared on TV and radio to promote it. Chen’s research on hepatitis B and C, and his influence on related policymaking, made Taiwan a world leader in liver disease research, Academia Sinica President James Liao (廖俊智) said.
Team touts wood pellets as ‘green’ alternative to coalBy Chiu Chih-jou and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writerA Taiwanese team is to introduce natural wood pellets to the market as a low-emission alternative to coal for barbecues in an effort to recycle wood waste from local farmers and reduce air pollution. The wood pellets are 100 percent natural, as they are sourced from subtropical trees, such as lychee, pomelo, lime, wax apple and bamboo, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology department of wood science and design assistant professor Long Way (龍暐) said. Wood pellets of different trees would bring unique smoky flavors to barbecued food, Long added. From left, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology department of wood science and design assistant professor Long Way, Ynidyi Enterprise general manager Hsu Kun-yuan and deputy general manager Hung Cheng-te barbeque meat in Pingtung County on Tuesday using their natural wood pellets. The team has also developed a barbecue grill designed for wood pellets, which is to cost NT$3,000, Hsu said, adding that 2kg of wood pellets would be included with the grill.
Japan virus case sparks concernLOCAL TRANSMISSION? She has not been listed as a domestic case as the center must confirm the test result with Japan, but it might have been a case of local transmission, Chen added. Health inspectors sit at desks in a deserted passageway at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday. However, Chinese travelers must apply for special approval to enter or transit through Taiwan, Chen Tsung-yen said, adding that there is still some uncertainty about the coronavirus situation in China. Taoyuan International Airport Corp (桃園國際機場公司) is to ensure that transitting passengers move along separate routes at the airport, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said.
DPP should start work on abolishing yuans: KMTBy Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should include forming a “constitutional reform committee” as a topic on the agenda of the Legislative Yuan’s extraordinary session, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said yesterday. Such a move would formally launch discussions about abolishing the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan, Lin said. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Chiang Wan-an, left, and Lin Wei-chou in Taipei on Tuesday accuse the Democratic Progressive Party of dragging its feet on abolition of the Control Yuan. He accused Chen of “putting on a show,” as her party membership can be reinstated after she steps down as Control Yuan president. Following yesterday’s cross-caucus talks, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) and DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) voiced support on Facebook for abolishing the two agencies, and if the DPP is serious about moving forward, Tsai should rescind her nominations, Lin wrote.
FSC planning policies to help companies hold IPOsBy Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporterThe Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) plans to introduce new policies later this year to help companies list on the local stock market, Chairman Thomas Huang (黃天牧) said in an interview yesterday. Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman Thomas Huang poses for a photograph at the commission’s office in New Taipei City yesterday. The commission has not trimmed its target number for IPOs, although listing activity would inevitably slow due to the pandemic, he said. In June next year, the Taiwan Stock Exchange is to introduce a market-making system to improve liquidity for companies that are financially sound, but not popular among investors, he added. As local banks have been supportive in providing loans to those affected by the pandemic, the commission has seldom received complaints from companies, he said.
ASE upbeat on revenue growthLONG-TERM OUTLOOK: The chip packager is maintaining its capital spending budget for this year on expectations that 5G, AI and smart manufacturing would drive growthBy Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in KAOHSIUNGASE Technology Holding Co (ASE, 日月光投控), the world’s biggest chip tester and packager, yesterday stood firm on its forecast of annual revenue growth this year, as customers continue to show a strong appetite for its advanced technology. Growth momentum is expected to continue from the first half of this year, when ASE’s revenue, net profit and equipment utilization all beat its expectations, it said. ASE Technology Holding Co chief executive officer Tien Wu, left, and chief financial officer Joseph Tung, right, attend the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Kaohsiung yesterday. Photo: Lisa Wang, Taipei Times“We are firm about our forecast of annual growth in revenue this year,” ASE chief executive officer Tien Wu (吳田玉) told reporters on the sidelines of the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Kaohsiung. The company used to provide a business guidance for upcoming quarters, but Wu yesterday declined to quantify the firm’s revenue growth guidance for this year, citing macroeconomic uncertainties, political tensions, the global COVID-19 situation and vaccine development.
Concern after fishing vessel harassed off DiaoyutaisINSTABILITY? 16, which is based in Yilan County’s Suao Township (蘇澳), on Tuesday reported that two Japan Coast Guard ships took photographs and asked it to stop its activities when it was about 63 nautical miles (117km) northeast of Yilan. The Coast Guard Administration dispatched a 500-tonne vessel to patrol the area, but did not encounter any Japan Coast Guard ships, it said. President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday in Taipei speaks about an incident involving a Taiwan fishing vessel near the Diaoyutai Islands. Photo: Lee Hsin-fang,Taipei TimesThe Fisheries Agency reported that the Taiwanese ship was disturbed by two Japanese fishing vessels, not Japan Coast Guard ships, but that their actions still contravened the two nations’ fisheries agreement.
They took it to a nearby garbage depot, and then found a similar black duffel bag on the river the next day. Photo: Chen Wen-chan, Taipei TimesAfter seeing traces of blood leaking from the second bag, one worker opened it and found decomposing human remains. In related news, Taipei police said that a body was found floating in Sindian River (新店溪) yesterday morning. The body was identified as a man surnamed Chen (陳), who was in his 70s. Chen’s body was found floating near Yongfu Bridge (永福橋) that connects Taipei and New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和), police said.
Adimmune applies for human trialsBy Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporterVaccine maker Adimmune Corp (國光生技) last week applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to run phase I human clinical trials of one of its COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the company said on Monday. Although the candidate has yet to undergo full animal testing, Adimmune applied to use it in human trials under the FDA’s fast-track program for emergency use authorizations, which is intended to speed up the development of a treatment for COVID-19, it said. Adimmune hopes to start phase I human clinical trials by August, Pan said, adding that about 100 healthy volunteers are to be injected with the vaccine to see if the antigen is safe. If the phase I trials go smoothly, Adimmune plans to apply to run phase II human clinical trials by the end of this year, Pan said. “We need to test the vaccine candidate’s effectiveness in double-blind phase II clinical trials.
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NPP vows to ‘strictly review’ Tsai’s nomineesBy Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe New Power Party (NPP) caucus yesterday said that it would “strictly review” President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Control Yuan nominees, while calling on the other caucuses to propose a draft constitutional amendment to abolish the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan. The Control Yuan is a quasi-judicial agency and the NPP has long advocated eliminating that branch of government, NPP caucus whip Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智) told a news conference in Taipei. The party believes that the Control Yuan’s authority to launch investigations belongs with the Legislative Yuan and the judiciary, he said. Lawmakers from opposition and ruling parties have arrived at a consensus that the Control Yuan and Executive Yuan should be abolished, and the NPP believes that Tsai’s nominees should be the last, he added. Asked if he supports eliminating the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan, Su said that he does, but that the Constitution does not allow for it.
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