Mon, Aug 23, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Diplomacy

Academics to attend forum

Ten academics from Taiwan have been invited to take part in the first Beijing Forum to be held at Peking University on Aug. 23 to Aug. 25. Of the Taiwan delegates, renowned economist Yu Tzong-shian (于宗先) will deliver a speech to the forum, which will tackle academic and cultural issues during its three-day run, according to the forum's sponsors from Peking University. Former Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen (錢其琛) will deliver a keynote speech to the opening of the forum, the sponsors said. More than 400 academics and specialists from China and abroad are expected to take part in the forum, which is touted as one of the three major "world-level" forums.

■ Economy

Income gap down slightly

The income gap between the richest and the poorest families in Taiwan last year was slightly lower than the gap in 2002, according to a report by the Cabinet-level Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). In 2003, the average income of the richest families in Taiwan was 6.07 times higher than that of the poorest families, as compared to 6.16 times higher in 2002, according to the DGBAS report.

Last year, the monthly average income per household reached NT$89,000, up 0.1 percent over the previous year's level, the DGBAS report showed. The report also showed that salary income made up 57.8 percent of a Taiwan family's average monthly earnings, while business earnings made up 16 percent.

■ Sports

Little leaguers set record

Hsu Chi-Hung (許基宏) and Tung Chen-Lun (董振倫) combined to pitch a no-hitter and Shou-Tien Little League of Kaohsiung scored 14 runs in the first inning on the way to an 18-0, victory over Kutno, Poland, at the Little League World Series on Saturday night. The 14 runs was the most in an inning since pool play began in 1992. The previous record, 13 runs, was set by the last Taiwanese team to play here, Fu-Shing Little League, also from Kaohsiung, in 1996 in a 21-0 victory over Kennedy-Surrey Little League of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

■ Society

Chen hands out awards

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday awarded winners of the annual Presidential Education Awards, encouraging them to pursue dreams and strive for excellence despite surrounding hardships. Citing himself as an example of a child from a poor family who was on the receiving end of others' kindness, Chen said now he is here to help and encourage students. A total of 68 elementary, junior-high and senior-high school students from across the nation were recipients of the awards yesterday.

■ Diplomacy

Pro-Taiwan posters in US

Publicity posters promoting the country's bid to enter the UN were seen Saturday on New York streets. Two posters were displayed at bus station booths near the intersection of Third Avenue and East 46th Street to coincide with Yu's visit, and to underscore the unfairness that the nation has encountered in its efforts to join the UN. Taipei officials stationed in New York said that they displayed the posters to increase public awareness of the diplomatic isolation that the country faces as a result of constant pressure from Beijing. Taiwan's 23 million people are entitled to take part in international organizations, including the UN, they said.

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