Shawn Bryant knew he would be under quarantine for two weeks when he arrived in Taiwan from Daejeon, South Korea. The local police called every day and Bryant had told them he would be moving to a new Airbnb a few days into his stay. They said it was fine as long as he took a taxi.
So Bryant was alarmed when, in the taxi, he received a text warning that he had gone too far from his accommodation and would be fined if he didn’t return immediately. He quickly called his police contact, who assured Bryant he can just ignore the automated message.
“I’m glad they’re taking it very seriously and not letting people off the hook easily,” said Bryant, who is visiting Taiwan on his way back to Canada, his home country.
Using phone tracking to enforce mandatory quarantine is one example of how Taiwan has managed to contain the spread of coronavirus, with just 48 confirmed cases of infection to date, including one death. That’s despite the island located just 130km (80 miles) from mainland China, the centre of the virus outbreak which has reported more than 80,000 cases and 3,000 deaths.
As the UK, US, Italy, and other countries outside China struggle to cope with rising cases of the virus within their borders, many are taking note of Taiwan’s successes. Experts and officials say effective controls in Taiwan can be attributed to the use of technology, a central command centre, its single-payer healthcare system, and swift decision making.
Taiwan’s government was quick to implement border controls and it was one of the first to ban exports of surgical masks. Unlike in 2003, when severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) killed dozens of people in Taiwan after spreading from southern China, Taiwan has access to more advanced technologies this time around.
It was also on alert early due to its experience of the Sars epidemic. China was criticised for delays reporting to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sars. “What we learned from Sars was that we need to be very sceptical with data from China,” said Chan Chang-Chuan, dean of National Taiwan University’s College of Public Health. “We learned very harsh lessons then and that experience is something other countries don’t have.”
Taiwan is not a member of the WHO because Beijing objects. China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory even though Taiwan functions as a sovereign country with an independent, democratically elected government, blocks its membership of international organisations.
Since 2017, Taiwan has been barred from attending the annual World Health Assembly, an annual policy meeting, due to lobbying from Beijing. In the current outbreak, it has been excluded from WHO emergency meetings on the coronavirus.
Taiwanese experts were allowed to participate online in a WHO forum on Covid-19 on 12 February in their professional capacities. China’s foreign ministry said Beijing had given permission, while Taipei said China had nothing to do with it and that it was the result of direct negotiation with the WHO.
The issue has become an increasingly sore point for Taiwan amid the virus outbreak, with Taipei saying it is a big disadvantage for global health. Others, including Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe have called for the WHO to allow Taiwan to join.
“For us, receiving timely information is very important … Taiwan also needs to let WHO know that Taiwan can’t share our successful experiences if we can’t participate,” said Kolas Yotaka, spokeswoman for Taiwan’s cabinet. “We need to work together to end this nightmare.”
In Taiwan, most residents carry on as normal, with offices and schools open. Many restaurants, gyms, and cafes in the capital, Taipei, are still bustling, although most premises will take temperatures and spray hands with sanitiser before allowing customers in.
The government has been buying up all domestic mask production and rationing purchases to just three masks per person per week, causing queues outside pharmacies. It will enable online purchases this week.
“Everyone is really united at the moment and trust the government’s policies. They seemed heavy-handed at first, but now I believe they are wise decisions,” said Andy Chen, general manager of Taiwan Comfort Champ, a mask manufacturer that has been ordered to ramp up production.
Despite the sense of calm, Taiwanese officials are still on high alert. The health minister, Chen Shih-chung, said last week community transmission was unavoidable in the long run and Taiwan needed to be prepared.
Chan, from National Taiwan University, agrees more needs to be done, including more widespread and efficient testing for Covid-19. South Korea, a country of 51.8 million, conducts around 15,000 tests a day and has drive-through test centres. Taiwan, with a population of almost 24 million, currently conducts only around 800 screenings a day and not everyone under quarantine is tested.
There will be more and more confirmed cases as the US and other countries conduct more tests, Chan added.
For Bryant, who is temporarily in the country while en route to Canada, he is happy to wait out his quarantine. He is fine with authorities tracking his movement for now, but he expresses slight concern about the “big brother” implication. Taiwanese officials say it is legal, assuring that they are tracking individuals only during the period of mandatory quarantine.
“We are not using any advanced surveillance technology. It’s simply tracking based on their phone’s sim cards and their nearby base stations,” said cabinet spokeswoman Kolas.
“We want to protect the person as well as others in Taiwan,” she said. “To prevent more infections and fatalities, it’s a measure we have to take.”
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Rhea Chakraborty Arrested, Charged For Consuming Marijuana
After days of rigorous questioning, Indian actress Rhea Chakraborty arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau on Tuesday. The actress has been taken into judicial custody till September 22. NCB has charged the actress for the involvement in procuring and financing the consumption of marijuana for her late boyfriend actor Sushant Singh Rajput along with her brother Showik Chakraborty, house manager Samuel Miranda and cook Dipesh Swant who were arrested earlier.
Charges against Rhea Chakraborty
Rhea has been booked by NCB under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. under section 8(c) dealing with possession and purchase of illegal drugs, 20B(II) for possession, purchase, and transportation of illegal drugs, 27 dealing with financing illicit traffic, 28 dealing with an attempt to commit the offence, and 29 for abetment and criminal conspiracy.
Statement by NCB
NCB has charged her being a part of an “active drug racket” connected with drug suppliers. The agency has said that they have received a lot of information and nobody will be spared. The application by NCB states that all the deliveries of marijuana and other drugs and payment for these drugs were done with complete knowledge of Rhea and even at times, the order and choice of drugs, along with payment have also been done by Rhea herself. She is the tenth person in the list of people arrested. As per the report by NCB Rhea’s brother, Showik has made a statement that he has facilitated the drug delivery through peddler Basit Prihar, Kaizen Ibrahim, and Zaid Vilatra. He has been accused of procuring weed for Rajput from September 2019 to March 2020. The chat messages found on Rhea’s phone which lead to the involvement of NCB when the investigation was carried out by the Enforcement Directorate is prime evidence.
The national Control bureau has not asked her custody as they have done enough questioning in the last three days. The agency has asked for Rhea to be sent to judicial custody, which means that the accused is put in the custody of the magistrate concerned. The judicial custody will be for 14 days i.e. till September 22. After her arrest rhea has been sent to Sion hospital for medical tests and will be sent to Byculla jail. The session court, today rejected the bail plea for Rhea Chakraborty. She will be again applying for bail in Mumbai high court tomorrow.
Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed rhea’s arrest as “ a travesty of justice” and said that the three agencies are hounding an innocent girl just because the man she loved was a drug addict. He was also suffering from mental health issues for years and was getting treatment from almost five famous psychiatrists of Mumbai and attempted suicide by taking illegal drugs”. Many Netizens and Bollywood celebrities have also come to Rhea’s rescue by saying it a witch-hunt and have shown disagreement for the unfair treatment done with Rhea by central agencies and the media.
With the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty, a new case has come into the light of drug cartel in Bollywood. However, a clear distinction needs to be made that the case of the reason for the death of the actor Sushant Singh Rajput. CBI and NCB are currently working in the case.
Top 10 Quotes from India’s Former President Pranab Mukherjee
On 31 August, Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee took his last breath. He was known for his efficient administrative skills, role as a politician and eloquent speaking. His visionary quotes and inspirational lifestyle are inspirational for many. As the President of India, he has always been seen as a respectable figure by the countrymen and on his death, the Prime Minister has announced seven-day mourning.
Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th President of India
Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India and in his five-decade-old political career, he is known to hold a number of portfolios including finance, defence, foreign affairs, shipping, revenue, communication, transport, economic affairs and industry. He was awarded Bharat Ratna for his services to the nation in 2019 by current President, Ram Nath Kovind. Some of the major acts for which he is known to include SmarTgram project, the inauguration of the first phase of solarization project in President’s estate and conversion of The Stables and The Coach House into a magnificent museum in his tenure. He took his last breath at Army’s research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. The main cause of his death was a lung infection.
Pranab Mukherjee was a wonderful orator. He was a visionary man with an optimistic outlook. Here a few quotes by him which clearly portray his vision and thoughts.
Thoughts about the political system
Quote about the Constitution of India
Views about women empowerment
Quote about himself
The way to achieve development
Views about Poverty
The four pillars of development and work culture of a nation
What leads to the dilution of national identity?
Views about secularism
The most abusive humiliation
Pranab Mukherjee was one of the visionaries who played a very important role in Indian Political system both as a part of active politics by being a minister and also as the President of India. He will always be remembered for the services rendered by him for the nation.
‘Black Panther’ Star, Chadwick Boseman, Dies Of Colon Cancer, Aged 42
2020 is continuously giving bad news. Recently, Chadwick Boseman, the actor famous for his role as Black Panther in marvel series died at the age of 42. The cause of death is colon cancer. Chadwick Boseman has played several iconic roles in Hollywood. He has always given a famous speech at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family through his social media handle.
Chadwick and his iconic performances
Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance as Black Panther in Marvel Series. Bur he has also played several iconic roles. He is best known for his roles as baseball player Jackie Robinson, music icon James Brown, and Marvel superhero T’Challa also known as Black Panther. Chadwick was born and raised in South Carolina. He has studied directing at Howard University. After his education, he soon began his acting career playing historic Black icons like Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, Brown in getting on Up, and Robinson in 42.
Boseman’s speech about Black Panther’s legacy
Boseman delivered a famous speech about the representation and legacy of Black Panther at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. In his speech, he said, “We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above. And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew not that we would be around during awards season or that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing.”
Confirmation of death
Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family on his Twitter handle. They confirmed that Chadwick Boseman was suffering from colon cancer, the fourth stage. He was diagnosed with stage three of colon cancer in the year 2016 and it progressed with time. The statement says, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. “It was the honour of his career to bring T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
It is a hard time as a superhero in real life has lost us. He has managed to work better everyday battling with cancer but cancer won the battle. Chadwick was a real hero who is still alive in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. He will always be remembered for his iconic performances.
KFC Gets Rid Of Iconic Tagline ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’ After 64 Years In View Of The Pandemic
Whenever someone says ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, KFC is what comes to our mind. This 64 year old and of one of the most successful food chains in the market has decided to get rid of its iconic tagline due to coronavirus. As the number of cases is rising day by day, the food chain has shown its concern and changed its tagline which was not at all in the purview of safety measures prescribed. However, the global chief marketing officer of KFC has assured that the tagline has been suspended temporarily only and it will be brought back once situation will restore to normal.
Reason of suspending tagline
The main reason behind suspending the iconic tagline of KFC was the ongoing pandemic. The tagline was not following the safety measures prescribed during a pandemic. On Monday, when KFC announced that it will be suspending its slogan, it also called it “most inappropriate slogan for 2020”. In a statement, the company said, “Think we can all agree, this year has been like no other and, right now, our slogan doesn’t feel quite right. So, for that reason, we’ll be pressing pause on using it in our advertising, for a little while.” As the safety measures include not touching face or eyes with unwashed hands, KFC found it’s slogan inappropriate for this year.
Statement of Global Chief Officer at KFC
Catherine Tan-Gillespie, the global chief officer at KFC has made a statement regarding the slogan. She has also assured the customer that the only tagline is changing but the food will remain the same. Her statements also made it clear that the suspension of a tagline is temporary and it will be restored once this pandemic situation will be over. In her statement, she said, “We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment. While we are pausing the use of ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn’t changing one bit.
KFC as a global brand
KFC has been one of the most successful food chains of restaurants in the global market. It is popular in almost every corner of the world. But as a global brand, the responsibility of the food chain company is also great. The part is that KFC realizes this responsibility and has taken steps by keeping it in mind.
The Global cases for Coronavirus are increasing and this is a matter of concern. What KFC has done is an example of Corporative Social Responsibility and the other big brands should also realize this as well. Customers are very happy at this decision of KFC as the brand has taken favourable steps for their safety. All we can do now is praise KFC and pray for the situation to get normal so that we can once again enjoy listening to the iconic tagline of KFC.
Sonu Sood Keeps His Promise, Opens A Martial Arts Training School For Pune’s ‘Warrior Aaji’
A few weeks back, video of Pune’s ‘Warrior Aaji’ while performing martial arts on street got viral on social media for her swift martial art and lathi skills. The fact that she is 85 years old and performs just like a young performer made her more popular. If you remember her, you must also be remembering the fact that Sonu Sood had tweeted that he wanted to open a martial arts school for her. Sonu Sood has kept his promise and our Warrior Aaji has a small martial arts school in Pune.
Sonu Sood’s tweet
As the video of 85-year-old Aaji got viral on social media, netizens began to praise her for her skills. She used to perform martial arts on the streets of Pune to sustain herself and her family. As her video got viral, it reached our hero Sonu Sood who tweeted that he wanted to open a martial arts school with her so that she could train the women of our country and teach them self defence measures. At that time, everyone praised Sonu Sood for this announcement. Though everyone was sure that Sonu Sood will keep his promise but no one knew that he will open a school for her so soon. He kept his promise and inaugurated her school on the holy occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Reaction of Aaji
In a recent video, Aaji said that her dream has been fulfilled by Sonu and she has named her school after him. In another video, some kids are seen practising with her. She will be teaching methods of self-defence and martial arts to women and young girls in her school. The main idea of Sonu Sood was to enable her to train females in the art of self-defence with the support of Aaji. Even at the age of 85, Aaji’s gestures are quite active and swift. She is an inspiration for many.
One more humanitarian act by Sonu Sood
Sonu Sood, the real-life hero who has played a very important role and sending migrants to their home towns has proved once again that humanity is alive. On the basis of humanitarian concerns, he helped Aaji and set an example for every Indian to help others. This act of Sonu Sood has been gaining praise from the public through social media platforms.
This act of kindness done by Sonu Sood has made us believe in the existence of instincts of humanity among people. As now our Warrior Aaji has got her own martial arts school, we are quite sure that she will be producing more warriors and talented students in the field of martial arts. Also, Sonu’s dream of opening a school in which Aaji will train women in martial arts for self-defence is not too far. Aaji will be soon starting classes in her school. From this incident, this clear, India needs more Sonu Sood.