Mon, Feb 26, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

■ Society
Park to reapply for pandas

The Leofoo Village Theme Park will reapply for permission this spring to bring a pair of giant pandas from China after the government rejected them last year amid political tensions, a park manager said yesterday. The park in Hsinchu County will ask the government next month or in April for permission to bring the pandas from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center in Sichuan Province, Leofoo marketing manager Albert Yuan (袁相杰) said. "Everyone has a wish to see pandas," Yuan said. The 70 hectare park has examined the government's reasons for rejecting the animals and believes it can better address them now, Yuan said. The government said Leofoo personnel lacked experience with pandas and had not travelled to Sichuan to examine the animals. It also cited climatic differences between Taiwan and the bamboo forests of southwestern China.

■ Corruption

Task force to be named

State Public Prosecutor-General Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) said yesterday that members of a soon-to-be-established special investigation task force are expected to be named early next month, paving the way for the group to formally become operational in April. Chen, who was nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) for the top prosecutor's post and confirmed in last month by votes from 126 legislators, said he has probed the intentions of several dozen prosecutors who were seeking to be candidates for the special investigation task force. The operations of the special investigation task force will be established under the State Public Prosecutor-General's Office and will work with the Anti-Corruption Center under the Taiwan High Prosecutor's Office.

■ Health

Cosmetic surgery booms

Some Taiwanese will be returning to the office after the Lunar New Year holidays with a new face, having chosen a visit to cosmetic surgeons over a trip abroad. Whether they opted for the pricey procedures with year-end bonuses in mind or whether they wanted to take advantage of the nine-day break to recuperate from surgery, major clinics report being booked solid in the run-up to the holiday, with some operating even through New Year's Eve. Surgeon Chung Ching-yuan (鍾金源) said that his clinic had seen a 60 percent increase in the volume of patients leading up to the Lunar New Year, with most patients choosing relatively non-invasive procedures.

■ Post office

228 stamps issued

The renamed Taiwan Post Co said yesterday that it will issue stamps featuring the National 228 Memorial Hall on Wednesday in observance of the 60th anniversary of the 228 incident. The building is located on Nanhai Rd, which was previously used by staff of the American Culture Center. The design of the stamp was approved by the Executive Yuan. According to the company's statement, the new stamps will have a face value of NT$5 and have the country name Taiwan, both in Chinese and in English, printed on its top corner on the left. Besides the memorial hall, a lily was also placed on the right-hand side of the stamp. Only 1 million stamps will be made available to the public on Wednesday, and each person can only purchase two. Since Wednesday will also be a national holiday, the stamps can only be sold in post offices in Taipei and those branch offices that are open on holidays.

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