Panama gets aid donation
Taiwan has donated funds for the Panamanian government to build elementary schools in remote rural regions, repair highway surfaces and expand prison facilities as part of a bilateral cooperation program between the two countries. Hou Ping-fu (侯平福), Taiwan's ambassador to Panama, presented the funds on behalf of the government in a ceremony held at Panama's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday. Panamanian first lady Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, Minister of Public Works Benjamin Colamarco and Minister of the Interior and Justice Olga Golcher received the donations. A portion of the aid will finance construction of 90 elementary schools in the countryside as the Panamanian government is actively promoting compulsory education in the country's rural and distant communities, Hou said. The fund will also be used to finance a project to repair a 20km section of highway leading to the indigenous community of Darien in eastern Panama, Hou said, adding that the repair project would make it easier for Aborigines to see a doctor in urban areas.
Chen Chu staying in hospital
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who has been hospitalized since suffering a stroke on April 26, will remain in hospital for two more weeks for further rehabilitation, a city government official said yesterday. According to Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭裕正) , director of the Kaohsiung City Government's Department of Information, Chen's doctors at the Kaohsiung Medical Hospital advised her to build up strength in her right leg and lose more weight before being discharged from the hospital.