Businesses pitch in
Businesses have stepped
up disaster relief efforts in
the wake of Tropical Storm Mindulle by donating goods and cash to the Taiwan Red Cross. TECO Electric and Machinery Co yesterday donated NT$5 million
in household appliances
and has a fund to sponsor children affected by the crisis. Watson's Personal Care Stores and GlaxiSmithKline also made a combined donation of NT$1 million. Food chain MOS Burger launched a drive yesterday to encourage donations, saying that it will donate NT$1
to relief efforts for each hamburger purchased.
Call for volunteer tutors
The King Car Education Foundation is calling for college students to volunteer time this summer to help children affected by Tropical Storm Mindulle. The plans
of many children to study or attend summer camps this summer have been disrupted by the storm, foundation representatives said yesterday. Camp locations
or study materials may have been damaged during this week's crisis, and some families are finding themselves in financial difficulties that would prevent their children from going on summer holidays. The foundation is planning a series of one-week summer camps for children living in the center and the south of the country. The foundation is asking volunteer college students and teachers to teach at the camps. Students and teachers from all disciplines who can
speak basic English
are encouraged to apply.
After undergoing training, volunteers will be sent to affected areas to teach for one week at a time. To apply, contact the foundation at 02-2368-0273, ext.111 and ask for Ms. Chien or Ms. Chang.
MOJ cracks down on bribery
The Ministry of Justice yesterday launched a campaign targeting bribery during December's legislative elections. The ministry
said that prosecutors have established a well-organized network with vote captains. The network will work
to gather information and evidence related to vote-buying and bribery during the campaign. Officials from the ministry said that in addition to information-gathering, prosecutors will also work on preventing bribery by talking to political figures who run campaigns while acting as vote captains.
Lu to join NY orchestra
Lu Kuan-cheng (盧冠呈), a Taiwanese-born violinist, has beaten more than 400 of his peers from around the world to secure a place in the New York Philharmonic. The 23-year-old violinist is the first Taiwanese musician to be recruited into the orchestra
in its 100-year history. He is
also the youngest member of
the orchestra. His virtuosity
has been acclaimed by Lorin Mazel, the orchestra's music director and conductor. Lu traveled to the US in 1997
and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Lu received a full scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of Music, where he eventually obtained a master's degree.
Lu has received many awards during his career, including the top prize in the ASTA string music contest.
National Taiwan University (NTU) psychology professor Wu Ying-chang (吳英璋) has been appointed the next Examination Yuan secretary-general, officials said yesterday. Examination
Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) invited Wu to take the post and Wu accepted, officials said.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
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
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37