Travel plans denied
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) never had any
plans to visit Greece, the Presidential Office said yesterday, in response to a newspaper report that she had dropped the plans only after learning that it would be difficult for her to attend the opening ceremony of
the Athens Olympics next month. "Lu has never had any plans to attend the Athens Olympic Games opening ceremony nor has she had any contact with the Olympic Games organizing committee," the Presidential Office said in a press statement. The statement said it was regrettable that the newspaper failed to make any verification before publishing the report.
Indigenous talent targeted
The Council of Indigenous Peoples will expand its program to give Aborigines skills that they can use when they return to their villages, council Chairman Chen Chien-nien (陳建年) said yesterday. The plan this year will include 720 people in
18 teams, compared with the 640 people in 16 teams last year, Chen said. This year's program will teach self-help skills, how to better organize and develop individual talent and learn things useful to fostering indigenous cultures. Wang Hung-en (王宏恩), voted best artist at the Golden Melody Awards in 2002 and a member of the Bunun tribe, will serve as the spokesman for the program's development team. Wang hopes to cultivate Aboriginal talent in music composition and production so that Aboriginal music can go beyond just singing. Chen said Aboriginal people have the responsibility to pass down their culture to the younger generation.
Illegal immigrants nabbed
Sixteen Chinese women were arrested on a beach near Tamsui in a pre-dawn
raid yesterday, coast guard officers said. Also nabbed in the raid were two Taiwanese fishermen who had allegedly transported the 16 to shore aboard the Fuhao speedboat. The youngest of the seized immigrants was only 16 years old, coast guard officers
said. Acting on a tip that
a smuggling ring would smuggle a batch of Chinese into the country soon, coast guard authorities kept a close watch on the Fuhao after it left Aoti fishing port in Taipei County at 3:30pm on Sunday. After picking up the women
in the Taiwan Strait from
a Chinese fishing boat,
the Fuhao headed back to Taiwan. It ran aground near Tamsui after a two-hour chase with coast guard cutters. The ship's two crew members and the 16 stowaways jumped overboard and tried to hide in shrubs but were found.
■ Flood Relief
Japanese team helps out
A medical team from Osaka is in Nantou County to help with medical services there in the wake of the storms earlier this month. The five-member team, headed by Yodogawa Christian Hospital superintendent Takeshi Ishida, along with a medical team from Puli Christian Hospital, traveled to Jenai township by helicopter. Because the roads to most
of the flood-ravaged areas in Nantou have been repaired and sufficient medical supplies are continuing to flow in, some medical teams have left; the medical teams from Puli and Yodogawa
are taking their place. Lin
Li-hsueh, an administrator
at Puli Christian Hospital, quoted Ishida as saying that when the Japanese team arrived at the scene, they were very impressed that the military and civilians were working well together. Tropical Storm Mindulle, which struck the country on July 2, brought torrential rain and severe mudslides.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and