Sanatorium march tomorrow
More than 100 civic groups and organizations from across the nation will stage a march demanding the preservation of Lo Sheng Sanatorium tomorrow. Originally, part of the 77-year-old sanatorium was to be demolished on Monday to make room for a Mass Rapid Transport maintenance depot. Facing strong opposition, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday postponed the deadline so that an alternative plan that may preserve 90 percent of the sanatorium could be considered. Civil groups will stage a 2km march beginning at 1:30pm tomorrow at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and ending at the Presidential Office. "Lo Sheng buses" leaving from several locations around the country will help bring people to the march. For more information, visit www.socialforce.tw/phpBB/post_484441.html#484441.
First lady misses hearing
First lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) yesterday missed another hearing in the "state affairs" fund case. Prosecutor Chang Hsi-huai (張熙懷) quoted a letter from Wu's doctors which said that her health was likely to deteriorate further and that they therefore recommended against her attending the hearing. Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun (蔡守訓) summoned Wu to attend the next hearing on May 11. Wu has not appeared in court since fainting from low blood pressure during the first hearing on Dec. 15 last year. Wu was indicted on Nov. 3 on charges of corruption and forgery involving the "state affairs fund" budgeted for the president's discretionary use.
Immigration staff questioned
Taoyuan prosecutors have questioned eight Immigration Administration officers suspected of collusion with foreign labor brokerage firms to solicit bribes from employers of foreign workers, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported yesterday. Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office spokesman John Chang (張進豐) said he had "no comment" when approached for confirmation of the report yesterday. The newspaper reported that the brokerages were suspected of providing certain officers in the Immigration Administration's Taoyuan and Ilan task forces with the names and whereabouts of foreign laborers violating the terms of their labor permits. While workers violating their labor contracts are supposed to be repatriated and their employers fined, the eight officers are suspected of demanding NT$50,000 per worker from employees in return for ignoring violations and disregarding fines.
Games dates announced
The 2007 World Wheelchair and Amputee Games are scheduled to be held in Taipei from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19 with the participation of some 1,500 handicapped athletes from 60 countries and areas. Chinese Taipei Paralympic Committee (CTPC) president Chen Li Chou (陳李綢) said that, as of Thursday, athletes from 42 countries and areas have completed their registration with the committee. He said the event would be the second of its kind since the first were held in Brazil in September 2005, adding that Taiwan beat four other serious contenders -- South Africa, the US, South Korea and Israel -- to win the right to host this year's games. Athletes will compete in 11 sports -- track and field, archery, tennis, swimming, power lifting, shooting, bowling, snooker, table tennis, fencing and badminton.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung