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Video shows hot pot explode as Chinese waitress tries to fish out lighter

Video shows hot pot explode in woman’s face as she tries to pluck out lighter dropped by customer at Chinese Haidilao

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/22
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Screenshots from video.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Video has surfaced of a vat of boiling hot pot broth explode on a waitress as she tries to fish out a lighter a customer had dropped in the scalding hot cauldron.

On May 15, three guests were enjoying a spicy hot pot at a branch of the popular hot pot chain Haidilao in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province, reported ETtoday. According to the person who uploaded the video, a male customer had apparently accidentally dropped their cigarette lighter inside the hot pot and the waitress offered to try to fish it out.

In the video, a woman dressed in white can be seen calmly and methodically trying to scoop the lighter up with two ladles. Suddenly, the lighter explodes, and the entire scorching contents of the hot pot vat fly into the air

The two customers on the left are also struck by a tidal wave of spicy, searing soup, while the third customer makes a run for it. Other similar videos of lighters causing explosions at hot pot restaurants have popped up recently.   [FULL  STORY]

13 countries voice support for Taiwan at WHA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/22
By: Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao 

Geneva, May 21 (CNA) A total of 13 allies and like-minded countries have spoken up for Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Assembly (WHA), as of Tuesday, the second day of the the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual meeting.

Following the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which voiced direct and indirect support for Taiwan on the first day of the assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, more countries spoke out Tuesday for Taiwan during the second day of the gathering.

During the fourth plenary meeting of the 72nd WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO, Palau’s Minister of Health Emais Roberts thanked many countries, including the U.S. and Japan, for providing health and infrastructure support for Palau, and took time to single out Taiwan’s contribution.

“There is one partner not present in this room. And over the past three years since I’ve been here, I have not seen them. They have helped Palau achieve its SDG goals (sustainable development goals) and also supported Palau for the past 20 years,” Roberts said.    [FULL  STORY]

Breakthrough expected to aid quantum technology

FIRST TIME EVER: A team of researchers controlled a bismuth ferrite memory unit using laser illumination, reducing delay in data access and energy consumption

Taipei Times
Date: May 23, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

A team led by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) physicists yesterday announced a

National Cheng Kung University Department of Physics professor Chen Yi-chun and assistant professor Yang Jan-chi, second and third left, hold samples of their optically controlled bismuth ferrite memory material at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

major breakthrough regarding a next-generation memory storage material that is expected to multiply the efficiency of memory units and pave the way for quantum technology development.

Traditional memory devices process information based on two logic states — zero and one — while their efficiency can be improved only by increasing the density of components and reducing their size, department of physics assistant professor Yang Jan-chi (楊展其) said.

To eliminate the bottleneck in memory development, the team turned to an alternative material — bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), a material that can record eight logic states and keep the stored information for up to a year even when it is not powered or is heated up to 400°C, Yang said.

The main breakthrough involves controlling the material through laser illumination, which helps reduce delays in the reading of data and energy consumption, while boosting calculation efficiency, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

Master Kinmen knife-maker passes down the art of forging steel

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 21 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Master Kinmen knife-maker Wu Tseng-dong

Master Kinmen knife-maker Wu Tseng-dong is as tough and steely as his products. After decades of laboring at his art, he is now passing on his skills to a younger generation.

For decades, the Wu family has made use of the shell casings that litter the off-shore island of Kinmen- their home. The island sits within sight of the Chinese coast, and so it has a long history of shelling. Some shells have been there since 1958, when China fired more than 470,000 shells at the small island over a stretch of 44 days.

For generations, the Wu’s have taken these shells and turned them into fine kitchen knives that have become a symbol of Kinmen.

Mr. Wu, now in his 60’s, belongs to the family’s third generation of shell-knife makers. He knows all the secrets of how to make a perfect knife from one of these shells.

China Bars Taiwan From World Health Assembly

Date: May 20, 2019
By: Lisa Schlein

GENEVA — Taiwan is protesting China’s decision to exclude the island from participation

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, May 20, 2019.

in the annual World Health Assembly, calling such action an unjustified political move that could harm global health.

The 72nd session of the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly takes place May 20-28 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This move is particularly ironic this year, as the theme of the assembly is universal health coverage. Taiwan’s national health system is widely considered one of the best in the world.Taiwan’s minister of health and welfare, Chen Shih-chung, says the island is ready to share its experiences on how to achieve affordable, efficient universal health coverage with the global community.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan missed a chance to sign FTA due to Fukushima food ban: Japan academic

Japan was willing in 2016 to move forward with FTA talks: Kawashima

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/21
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan missed a chance to sign an FTA with Japan in 2016, says a Japanese academic. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Democratic Progressive Party government missed an opportunity to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan when it came to power in 2016 because it failed to resolve the issue of the ban on food imports from Japanese regions hit by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese academic said Monday (May 20).

Tokyo University Professor Shin Kawashima was speaking about recent developments in Taiwan-Japan relations at a seminar hosted by the Foreign Press Center Japan, the Liberty Times reported.

The Fukushima disaster was followed by large-scale donations from Taiwan and by bilateral agreements, leading to new opportunities, according to Kawashima. However, when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was elected in 2016, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hoped she would end the import ban on food from five prefectures affected by the nuclear disaster, the academic said. The ban was seen as going counter to Taiwan’s earlier generous offers of relief aid to the region, according to Kawashima.

Taiwan conducts humanitarian rescue drill near Taiping Island

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/21
By: Stacy Hsu 

Taiping Island, May 21 (CNA) The Taiwan government plans to cooperate with countries close to Taiping Island in the South China Sea on humanitarian assistance and rescue, Coast Guard Administration (CGA) Director-General Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) disclosed Tuesday, during a multi-agency humanitarian rescue drill off the coast of the Taiwan-administered island.

“Rendering humanitarian aid and rescue is a universal value shared by (people) all over the world,” Chen told CNA during the exercise. “As long as it is something conducive to cooperation, the government will endeavor to achieve it.”

Chen said the government hopes to hold joint drills with countries near Taiping Island to strengthen rescue and relief capabilities at sea and will do whatever is necessary to facilitate such cooperation.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan Civil Government head facing more charges

PIPE DREAM: Roger Lin allegedly told 134 members that their ‘citizenship cards’ allowed them to reside in the US and receive free government healthcare

Taipei Times
Date:\ May 22, 2019
By:L Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan Civil Government founder Roger Lin (林志昇) and his wife, Julian Lin (林梓安),

Taiwan Civil Government secretary-general Roger Lin, front center, and his wife, Julian Lin, back center, arrive at the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office on May 11 last year.Photo: CNA

were yesterday indicted on additional charges of aggravated fraud and profiting on false pretenses, after 134 more people filed complaints against the couple and other executives of the organization.

Taoyuan prosecutors said that they had uncovered more evidence and took additional testimony from victims, after six top executives, including the Lins, were in July last year indicted on charges relating to money laundering, fraud, operating a criminal organization and illegal fundraising.

The six executives faced charges for allegedly defrauding Taiwan Civil Government members of about NT$770 million (US$24.48 million) by having them pay for political donations, seminars, “citizenship” identification cards and high-level membership fees for nonexistent government positions, among other schemes.

Roger Lin led the group, which “operated like a political Ponzi scheme,” prosecutors said, estimating that he and other leaders had made more than NT$1 billion since the organization was founded in 2008.    [FULL  STORY]

Geneva reception promotes need for Taiwan to participate in activities, mechanisms, meetings of WHO

Taiwan Today
Date: May 20, 2019

MOHW Minister Chen Shih-chung (left, third from bottom) discusses key issues with St. Lucia’s Health Minister Mary Isaac (right, second from top) during a meeting May 19 in Geneva. (MOFA)

A reception was hosted May 19 by Taiwan’s representative office in Geneva to promote the need for the country to participate in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization.

Attended by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and the visiting Taiwan delegation, the event also involved counterparts and officials from allies Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines and Tuvalu.

Prior to Chen’s departure for the Swiss metropolis, which is hosting the 72nd World Health Assembly May 20-28, he took part in a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu May 17 in Taipei City.

The pair expressed strong discontent with Taiwan’s noninvitation to the annual meeting of the decision-making body of the WHO, and highlighted the many ways in which Taiwan Can Help realized the U.N. agency’s primary objective of Health For All.  [FULL  STORY]

More DPP party members call on president to stand aside for Taiwan 2020 election

Six party members added their voices to those of four party veterans calling on Tsai Ing-wen not to contest the party’s nomination process

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/20
By: Yu-ning Hsu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After four Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) veterans publicly

President Tsai Ing-wen on May 20 (Source: CNA)

opposed President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election bid, six younger members of the party held a press conference on Monday (May 20) also calling on Tsai not to contest the DPP primary for the 2020 presidential election.

Lawyer Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文龍), law professor He Te-ten (賀德芬), professor Chang Hsu-Cheng (張旭成), Dr. Chen Yung-hsing (陳永興), writer Chin Heng-wei (金恆煒), and scholar Shi Zhengfeng (施正鋒) said Tsai should stand aside and let candidates more likely to succeed receive the party nomination.

The six individuals criticized Tsai for using the DPP’s five-person mediation team (五人協調小組), Central Executive Committee (中執會), and Central Standing Committee (中常會) to keep changing the primary schedule and bend the rules to her own advantage. They said these actions were undemocratic and would lead the DPP to lose the election in January 2020.    [SOURCE]