Bank kicks off blood drive
A volunteer organization founded by the Taipei Fuban Bank Charity Foundation launched a nationwide campaign yesterday to encourage the public to donate blood. The "Lottery Love" group, which is made up of lottery traders around the country, kicked off a "donate blood, get free lottery tickets" activity in Taipei. Similar events will take place in Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien until July 24. Donors get free lottery tickets worth NT$100 (US$3.13) with each donation of 250cc of blood, according to the organizer, who said the campaign is aimed at relieving a blood shortage.
School expo seeks graduates
New high school and university graduates flocked to the 2005 Central Taiwan University, College and Graduate School Exposition at the Taichung World Trade Center yesterday to acquire information on advanced educational facilities in central Taiwan. The two-day expo is one of four events of its kind, with other shows in northern, western and southern parts of the country also opening yesterday. A total of 72 universities and colleges set up booths at the fair and put on various promotional activities to attract graduates. Besides public presentations of faculty information, each school also prepared small-scale workshops for visitors to make direct contact with relevant school authorities.
Port joins anti-terror drive
Kaohsiung Port on Friday joined the Container Security Initiative led by the US in a global effort to fight terrorism, according to a spokesman for the Kaohsiung Customs Bureau under the Ministry of Finance. According to the bureau official, a group of US officials have been stationed at the bureau to help kick off preparations to facilitate a fast-track passage through US seaport customs for containers coming from Kaohsiung. The operations are expected to officially start late next month after the US provides Kaohsiung Port with two large X-ray machines to help carry out security checks on containers bound for the US, the official said. The Container Security Initiative was spearheaded by the US Department of Homeland Security.
Illegal Chinese less: NPA
The problem of illegal Chinese immigrants working in the country has been reduced as a result to a crackdown by law enforcement authorities, police said yesterday. A total of 457 illegal Chinese immigrants were arrested between January and May, down 464, or 50.38 percent, over the same period of last year, according to statistics from the National Police Agency. Of these illegal immigrants, 114 were women, which represents a decrease of 517, or 81.93 percent compared with the same period last year. However, the number of men increased by 53 to 343. At the time of their arrest, 247 people were working illegally in Taiwan, 183 had not started working and 27 were engaged in prostitution and other sex-related activities. During the same period, police also arrested 119 employers who hired illegal Chinese immigrants and 25 agents who brokered the employment of illegal Chinese immigrants. While 1,029 illegal Chinese immigrants were repatriated from January to May, 2,080 were still confined as of the end of May.
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying:
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while