Fri, Jul 09, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Charity

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.

■ Charity

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.

■ Crime

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.

■ Culture

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.

■ Bureaucracy

Professor appointed

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.

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