Fri, Mar 26, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Travel

Taiwanese hurt in Hawaii

A car collided with a tour minibus carrying American and Taiwanese tourists on a rain-slick highway leading to the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, killing four people and injuring a dozen others, police said. Witnesses told police the car was heading downhill on Wednesday toward Hilo when it went out of control and crossed the centerline of the two-lane Volcano Highway before being broadsided by the oncoming minibus. The dead were Hawaii residents. A dozen passengers from the minibus were treated for minor injuries before being released from Hilo Medical Center. The minibus was making its way up the volcano to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

■ Politics

Hsu fasts over election

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) has launched a hunger strike to protest the election results. Hsu said he stopped eating Wednesday night over what he claimed was an "unfair" election. Hsu left the DPP in 1999 after his failure to win its nomination for the 2000 presidential election. He ran as an independent candidate in that election. Hsu, believed to be an influential leader of the Hakka, has thrown his weight behind the opposition since his split from the DPP. Hsu was DPP chairman between 1991 and 1993 and again between 1996 and 1998.

■ Politics

Taipei residents petition Yu

The Society for the Concern for the Rights and Interests of Taipei Residents (台北市民權益關懷協會) yesterday sent a petition to Premier Yu Shyi-kun requesting that the government compensate stock investors for their losses and restore order to the daily lives of Taipei residents. The petition said the post-election pan-blue demonstration and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) refusal to halt the demonstration were "manmade factors" causing the stock market to fall by 455 points, or over NT$1 trillion, last Monday, resulting in major losses for investors.The petition said the market's fall was the result of officials neglecting their duty, which hurt the interests of the public, and therefore meets the requirements stipulated in Article 2 of the State Compensation Act (國家賠償法). The petition demanded the government compensate investors for their losses. It also demanded that authorities abide by Article 22 of the Constitution and restore the city environment and respect and guarantee the rights and interests of Taipei residents.

■ Labor Affairs

Taipei prints handbook

Taipei City Government's Bureau of Labor Affairs is providing bilingual handbooks to help the more than 20,000 foreign caregivers in the city in taking care of seriously ill patients. Labor officials said that the House Maid Care Handbook is available in three different versions -- Chinese-English, Chinese-Vietnamese and Chinese-Indonesian. There are more than 32,000 foreign laborers in Taipei, of which nearly 80 percent are caregivers, the officials said. The bureau asked the Cheng Shin Rehabilitation Medical Center and its volunteer team to provide information on how to provide basic care, such as extract mucus, clean a body and train to defecate alone. Those interested in obtaining a handbook can go to the Bureau of Foreign Affairs' consultation center for foreign laborers (No. 2, Lane 101, Sec. 2, Xinsheng North Road), or call 2564-3157 or 2564-2546 for more information.

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