Drug mule arrested
A Malaysian Chinese youth was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport yesterday for allegedly attempting to transport 29,000 tablets of erimim, a new type of speedball, to Malaysia, aviation police said. Police said the erimim tablets, weighing 8.7kg, were concealed in seven packages of cookies and chocolates. Police found the drugs in the youth's luggage as he was boarding Malaysia Airline's MH095 flight to Malaysia. The juvenile confessed he was carrying drugs and asked police to let him off while his luggage was being checked, but he declined to disclose to source of the drugs. The adolescent was subse-quently referred to the Taoyuan District Public Prosecutors Office.
Nutritional campaign opens
In a bid to promote better nutrition among school-children, the Agricultural Trade Office of the American Institute in Taiwan has developed a cooperative nutrition promotional program with the Formosa Cancer Foundation to educate children on the importance of eating five servings of fruit and vegetables daily. The campaign will tap into the promotional and financial resources of 12 US agricultural producer associations, with the US contributing US$60,000 this year. Funding is expected to carry on for several years. This year's program kicked off last Wednesday and will continue through the end of the year, with the in-school nutrition education program reaching an estimated 25,000 elementary school children.
Children's art on display
Forty-five disadvantaged children from 14 countries are in Taiwan to promote a world children's drawing exhibition featuring their paintings, while also meeting with their sponsors. The exhibition on the theme "World, Listen to Me" has collected paintings from children around the globe who have received assistance from Taiwanese sponsors and will travel around the country until the end of the month, said a spokesman for World Vision Taiwan, which organized the event. World Vision Taiwan launched the world children's drawing contest a few months ago to offer a platform for under-privileged children to show their creativity and selected some 100 paintings for entry into the exhibition, the spokesman said. Partici-pants come from Bosnia, Romania, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Swaziland, India, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, among others.
KMT requests Chang firing
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers called on Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to dismiss Council for Economic Planning and Development Vice Chairman Chang Ching-sen (張景森) over what they called a rash announcement on the opening of car racing and horse racing. Members of the KMT's legislative caucus issued the call in the Legislative Yuan after Chang told the local media last Thursday that the council was planning to open sports car racing and horse racing in the central or southern part of the country beginning in June, with the aim of reinvigorating local economies. KMT caucus whip Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍) said the KMT had strong reservations about the "ridiculous" plan.