Women leaders attend meet
A Taiwanese delegation has arrived in Thailand to attend the APEC forum's 8th Women Leaders' Network Meeting scheduled to open in the northern city of Chiang Mai today. The 12-member delegation is headed by Lin Fang-mei (林芳玫), chairwoman of the National Youth Commission. About 350 delegates representing government, business, academic and non-profit sectors from 20 APEC economic entities are taking part in the meeting dubbed: Women Make a World of Difference: Partnerships for Gender and Development. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Chinnawat is scheduled to address the opening ceremony, which will be followed by split-panel discussions focusing on three sub-themes, featuring knowledge and empowerment, security for women and women entrepreneurship.
Singapore donates gear
Singapore has donated two thermal imaging scanners to help identify SARS sufferers and two ventilators to Taiwan, a government agency said yesterday. Ho Ching (何晶), executive director of Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government, presented the machines to Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-San (林陵三) in Taipei, it said in statement. "This latest contribution to Taiwan by the Temasek Group of Companies follows earlier contributions to China -- Beijing and Shanghai -- and Indonesia," Temasek said. "This forms of part of the Temasek Holdings Group's ongoing efforts to forge closer relationships with other Asian economies, and represents the commitment of the Temasek Group of Companies towards enhancing the economic prosperity of the region."
■ Barcelona games
Police win five golds
Taiwanese police officers demonstrated their shooting prowess Tuesday at the 2003 World Police and Fire Games in Barcelona, Spain, National Police Administration (NPA) officials said yesterday.
Chinese Taipei grabbed five more gold medals, all in shooting competitions, on the third day of the biennial games for the world's law enforcement and fire-fighting professionals being held July 27 to Aug 3.
In the men's group rifle competition, police officers Su Chung-suo (蘇崇碩), Lee Tung-hui (李同輝), Tsai Ming-wang (蔡明王) and Liu Chin-yuan (劉晉遠) each won a gold medal by finishing with a combined score of 2,193 points, beating their Spanish counterparts by a narrow 4 points and leaving the defending champion Malaysian team a distant 28 points behind. Meanwhile, officer Lee Tung-hui bagged another gold medal in the men's individual rifle shooting competition, with a total score of 584 points.
APEC holds Incubator Forum
APEC opened its first Incubator Forum in Taipei yesterday, which will be attended by representatives from 21 APEC member economies through Aug. 1. The forum, the first large-scale international conference to be held in Taiwan since the outbreak of SARS in mid-March, serves as a platform for exchanges among APEC members and has elicited a positive response from the participants, who will discuss issues related to strategy, policy and international cooperation centered on the theme of "Business Incubation in the New Century." Taiwan is slated to hold the second APEC Incubator Forum next year.