Thu, Feb 01, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Society
Flower market extends time

Taipei flower market will be open 24 hours from Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 and an event will be held on Feb. 21 to greet the Lunar New Year, a Taipei flower market spokesman said yesterday. Taipei Flower Auction Manager Chen Ken-wang (陳根旺) said the 24-hour opening period will allow people to purchase flowers for the Lunar New Year and added that six lessons on how to make flower arrangements will be offered daily during that period. The flower market will open Feb. 17 from 1am to 1pm, will be closed from Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 and reopen on Feb. 23. On Feb. 21, a turnip painting activity for 30 kindergarten and elementary school students and a cat-tail willow peeling activity for 30 pairs of people will be held at 10am and 11am, respectively. Chen said that cat-tail willows, kumquat, guzmania and moth orchids are all favorites for the Spring Festival.

■ Crime

Bank chief may be detained

Taipei Prosecutor Lu Hsiao-yun (盧筱筠) yesterday filed a request to detain The Chinese Bank (中華銀行) vice president Wang Lin-chiao (王令僑), but decided to release Yi-feng Asset Management Co chairman Lawrence Wang (王令興) on NT$5 million (US$152,000) bail. Late last night, judges decided to grant Lu's detention request. Prosecutors said they discovered that The Chinese Bank had sold bad debts to Yi-feng Asset Management at "unreasonably low prices," resulting in massive losses of NT$47.9 million for the bank (US$1.5 million). Lu also released Yi-feng's general manager Lee Teh-yang (李德洋) on NT$1 million bail yesterday. Both Wang Lin-chiao and Lawrence Wang are the sons of the founder and owner of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group Wang You-theng (王又曾), who fled abroad with his fourth wife Wang Chin She-ying (王金世英) before the financial scandal erupted.

■ Crime

MOFA cracks down on fraud

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that it would work closely with the National Police Agency to crack down on Taiwanese fraudsters in South Korea lest they tarnish the nation's image. Ministry officials said that from September to last month, South Korean police arrested a number of Taiwanese fraudsters who had traveled to the country to claim fraudulently obtained money. Taiwan's representative office in Seoul estimated that there were 14 such cases involving 30 Taiwanese. The fraudsters allegedly called up South Korean residents to say that their children had been kidnapped and demanded a ransom. Other criminals used forged credit cards, they added. The ministry issued a public reminder that those who plan to travel to South Korea should not collect money on behalf of other people.

■ Society

Lu lauds assistance project

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday that a government project aimed at helping women which had been launched at her request had performed fairly well in recent years. "I set the goal of helping 100,000 women enter the job market in 2006 and 2007. As of last September, 90,000 women had found jobs," Lu said in a statement. The vice president said that the purpose of the project was to provide women with the necessary assistance to help them conciliate family responsibilities and their careers and to help housewives reintegrate the job market.

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