Taiwan court orders dentist to pay mother for raising him

Taiwan’s top court has ordered a dentist to pay his mother around Tw$22.33 million ($744,000) as reimbursement for the money she spent raising and educating him. (Reuters)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Taiwan court orders dentist to pay mother for raising him

TAIPEI, Taiwan: Taiwan’s top court has ordered a dentist to pay his mother around Tw$22.33 million ($744,000) as reimbursement for the money she spent raising and educating him.
The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a previous ruling that the 41-year-old, identified by his family name Chu, should honor a contract he signed with his mother 20 years ago promising to refund her.
The plaintiff, surnamed Lo, divorced her husband in 1990 and raised their two sons on her own.
Worried that nobody would look after her when she got old, Lo signed the contracts with her sons after they both turned 20, stipulating that they must pay her 60 percent of the net profit from their incomes.
Lo accused her sons of ignoring her after they both started relationships, saying their girlfriends even sent her letters through their lawyers demanding her not to “bother” her sons, according to local reports.
She filed the lawsuit eight years ago when they refused to honor the contracts. The older son eventually paid her Tw$5 million to settle the case.
Her younger son claimed that the contract violated “good customs” as raising a child should not be measured in financial terms, and went to court against his mother.
Lo appealed all the way to the supreme court after lower courts ruled in favor of her son.
The supreme court said the contract was valid as Chu was an adult when he signed it, and that as a dentist he was capable of repaying his mother.
Cases of abuse and abandonment of senior citizens have been on the rise in Taiwan in recent years, prompting calls for a law to jail adults who fail to look after their elderly parents although it is yet to pass.


Ahlam slams Lebanon’s Murex D’or choice for best Arab Gulf song award

Updated 21 April 2018
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Ahlam slams Lebanon’s Murex D’or choice for best Arab Gulf song award

  • Singer lashed out at Lebanon’s Murex D’or Awards for choosing a viral song in the Arab Gulf dialect as the region’s best hit.
  • “Hala Bel Khamis” by the relatively unknown Maan Barghouth became a craze in the Arab world with its catchy tune.

CAIRO: Ahlam Al-Shamsi lashed out at Lebanon’s Murex D’or Awards for choosing a viral song in the Arab Gulf dialect as the region’s best hit.

The Emirati singer slammed the annual Lebanese awards for selecting “Hala Bel Khamis” (Welcome Thursday) as the “best song from the Arab Gulf.”

The short music clip by the relatively unknown singer Maan Barghouth became a craze in the Arab world with its catchy tune. But its lyrics were mostly used in videos and Internet memes with inappropriate connotations.

“Seriously, shame on you!” the singer tweeted. “Songs from the Gulf rank first across the Arab region.”

Ahlam said songs from the Arabian Peninsula have great melodies and quality lyrics.

The Murex D’or is an annual awards ceremony in Lebanon recognizing achievements in the arts.