Tue, Jun 15, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Government

Taipei City property seized

The Department of Administrative Enforcement announced yesterday that it had seized non-public property belonging to the Taipei City Government because the city had accrued a debt to the Bureau of National Health Insurance of NT$10.8 billion (US$372 million) in insurance subsidies dating back to last year. The department yesterday commissioned the Taipei Land Administration to seize 30 immovable properties that the city government owns, estimated to be worth about NT$11.2 billion. Taipei Deputy Mayor Ou Chin-der (歐晉德) expressed anger over the department's actions and said that the central government could not confiscate the city's properties on its own because the city had filed an appeal with the Taiwan High Court. Ou added that the department's order would impact on the public's rights in Taipei City and that the central government would have to take responsibility.

■ Crime

Heroin busts at CKS

A Taiwanese man allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 500g of heroin into the country from Macau in his shoes was arrested at CKS International Airport on Sunday night, aviation police reported yesterday. The 40-year-old man, identified as Cheng Ching-hung (鄭清宏), had allegedly packed the heroin into four plastic bags and hidden them in the soles of his casual shoes. According to the aviation police, Cheng was walking strangely in the CKS customs area, drawing the attention of the authorities. Aviation police authorities said they were tipped off months earlier that a drug trafficking ring was attempting to smuggle heroin from Macau, Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar and China into Taiwan by air or by fishing boat. Meanwhile, according to CKS police authorities, agents from the Ministry of Justice's Bureau of Investigation arrested two other suspected smugglers at the airport on Sunday. The two men were said to each be carrying four heroin bricks around their waists.

■ Weather

Storm forms in the south

The Central Weather Bureau is closely monitoring newly-formed Tropical Storm Dianmu, which is lurking southwest of Guam near the Philippines. The bureau said that the storm was centered some 1,000km southwest of Guam at 8am yesterday and was moving north-northwest at 9kph. Meanwhile, temperatures in Taiwan have shot up due to the influence of a high-pressure system in the Pacific.

■ Youth

Camp for diabetic kids

The Catholic Sanipax Socio-Medical Service and Education Foundation is holding its annual summer camp for diabetic primary school children from July 16 through 18. The camp, which the foundation has run for over 10 years, helps diabetic children become more independent and develops their self-confidence, foundation representatives said. During the camp, the children take classes on nutrition and medical care and take part in other group activities. To accommodate the special needs of diabetic children, the camp has an almost one-to-one worker-student ratio. The foundation is hoping for 50 to 60 campers from throughout the nation this year, from grades two to six. The cost will be around NT$4000 to NT$5000 per child. The camp will be held at the China Youth Corps Sun Moon Lake Activity Center (救國團日樂潭青年活動中心). To learn more, see the foundation's Web site at www.kungtai.org.tw or call 02-23667780, ext. 28.

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