Prizes for Hanyu fans
The Taipei City Government is asking the public to be on the lookout for incorrect Romanization of names of the city's road system and send in corrections. Until Dec. 31, the public can submit information to the Department of Civil Affairs on locations where spelling does not accord to the modified Hanyu Pinyin system of Romanization used in Taipei City. The errors
will then be corrected. Department officials said that although all of the English names of the city's streets were changed to Hanyu Pinyin several years ago, there are still many spelling errors apparent. The public can send corrections
to the department at www.ca.taipei.gov.tw/civil/page.htm. Those providing suggestions will be entered in a lucky draw for prizes.
PFP `strategy' released
The People First Party (PFP) late on Wednesday night released vote allocation plans for Taoyuan County. Hoping to have at least two of its three candidates in the county win seats when the nation goes to the polls tomorrow, the PFP called
on voters with national identification numbers ending in 0 or 9 to vote for candidate Cheng Chin-ling (鄭金玲). The other two PFP candidates in the district are incumbent Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) and newcomer Lu Chih-ming (呂志明). However, in the notice released by the PFP on Wednesday, it was not clear how supporters should vote for Lu.
Protest targets US policy
Members of several local workers' rights organizations demonstrated outside the American Institute in Taiwan yesterday to protest what they called US interference in Taiwan's internal
affairs. The demonstrators demanded that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) immediately issue a protest to the US. They were angry about recent remarks by US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli
that Washington was not supportive of Taiwan's plan to change the names of its foreign missions and state-run enterprises to include the word "Taiwan." Ho Yen-tang (何燕堂), spokesman for the Committee for Action for Labor Legislation, said the US has severely infringed upon Taiwan's sovereignty, and asked the Democratic Progressive Party government to "stop acting like a coward."
Divorce knocked back
The Miaoli District Court has rejected a 70-year-old man's application to divorce his young Vietnamese wife for the second time, citing his absurd marriage record, a court official said yesterday. According to the ruling, the man married and divorced four young women from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in 11 years. He remarried two of them, including his current Vietnamese wife, Hsiao Chuang, whom he wished to divorce again. "He remarried the two women only seven and 11 days respectively after getting divorced. He was treating marriage like a child's game," said a court official. The man, surnamed Hsu, argued the first time that he had divorced Hsiao Chuang because she had troubles adjusting to life in Taiwan and had demanded to go home. He said he was compelled to remarry her earlier this year under a request from her family, but claimed his Vietnamese wife ran away in September and refused to go home. "I am not crazy, I am only looking for a companion," he told reporters. As of last year, a total of 171,483 Taiwanese men have married women from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, statistics show.