Zen summer camp opens
Sixty college students from nine countries, including students from Harvard and Yale universities, started a one-month Zen Buddhism camp yesterday at Foguangshan in Kaohsiung County. Master Tzu Jung (慈容), secretary-general of the Taiwan-based Buddha's Light International Association, welcomed the students, saying that preaching peace is borderless and that getting to know a religion is a way of knowing oneself. She noted that Master Hsin Yun (星雲), founder of Foguangshan, wrote in his book Tsai Geng Tan that "to know thyself comes from self-reflection." But she pointed out that it was often difficult to review and reflect in modern life and that people often say or do something wrong without even realizing it.
Firm could attract capital
The government hopes
that the Shenzhen-based Taiwanese company DXG Technology will be listed on Taiwan's stock exchange, an official at the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday. DXG Technology, a maker of dual-mode camera and video drivers, is scheduled to hold its initial public offering next week. The company has yet to decide whether it will list on Taiwan's stock exchange or
in China. Recent newspaper reports have said DXG may be the first local company to shift investment capital in China back to Taiwan.
■ Cross-Strait Ties
MAC plugs peace framework
Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) issued a call for a peace framework to settle political disputes between Taiwan and China in a keynote article published in the latest edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Wu proposed that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait first set up a framework
to maintain peace and the status quo until they find a solution to end their long-term political problems. They should engage
in conciliation and cooperation rather
than confrontation and embarrassment, Wu said, adding that Taiwan is fully poised to work toward that end. He suggested that the peace framework could appear in the form of a joint declaration in which the establishment of negotiation mechanisms and military trust could be touched upon.
New envoy meets Chen
New Malawi Ambassador Thengo Maloya presented his credentials to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday. Maloya presented the credentials in a ceremony held at the Presidential Office. Secretary-General
of the Presidential Office Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Kau (高英茂) and other Presidential Office officials were on hand to witness the ceremony. Chen welcomed Maloya to his
new post, lauding him as an outstanding statesman who served as a parliamentarian for 36 years and in various posts in the Cabinet. Maloya's appointment demonstrates the solid relations between the two countries, he said. Chen also expressed his appreciation to Malawi for speaking up for Taiwan's bids to join the
UN and other international organizations. He also
asked Maloya to convey his congratulations to President Bingu Wa Mutharika on
his election victory, and to thank former president Bakili Muluzi for his longstanding friendship and support for Taiwan. Chen also thanked former ambassador Eunice Kazembe for the contribution she made in promoting bilateral relations and congratulated her on her new Cabinet post.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung