Subsidy program announced
The National Culture and Arts Foundation will accept applications from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 from individuals and organizations seeking subsidies to make documentary films. A spokesman for the foundation said the subsidy program, now in its third year, would award up to NT$500,000 (US$15,000) to each applicant to help with production costs. He said the criteria when screening the applications would include not only the quality and substance of the proposed films, but also their creativity and social impact. The National Culture and Arts Foundation is a corporate body established in 1994.
Ma, Chen in war of words
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) engaged in a war of words yesterday while attending an Aboriginal festival. "[Taitung] Fongnian Airport should become an airport for direct cross-strait charter flights," Ma told a crowd at the Makapahay Festival in Taitung. The festival is held annually in Taitung where several Amis communities celebrate the year's harvest. However, Chen, who arrived at the festival not long after Ma had left, disagreed. "Instead of connecting to China, we should be connecting to the world," Chen told the crowd. "Let's make Taitung a showcase of Polynesian culture, let's move eastward, not westward," Chen said.
Professor suspected of abuse
An associate professor at Fo Guang University, Ilan County, has been referred to prosecutors by police for suspected sexual abuse of a female student on Friday, and the school was mulling whether or not to fire him, a university spokesman said yesterday. The teacher, surnamed Lin (林), was accused of taking a female student to a motel in Taipei and allegedly sexually assaulting her while she was under the influence of alcohol. The female student was allegedly forced to get into Lin's car on Friday and taken to a KTV, where she drank a couple of glasses of wine and became drunk. Soon after she was taken to a Taipei motel and sexually assaulted. When Lin was detained by police for questioning, he confessed to committing a sexual act with the young woman but denied he had drugged the wine.
Thousands ride cable car
The total number of passengers on the Maokong cable car system exceeded 20,000 on Saturday, most people's first day off since it began operations on July 4, a spokesman for Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said yesterday. The system operated smoothly on Saturday, except for a 30 second suspension caused by an incorrect signal, the spokesman said, adding that 31 people had sought assistance at medical stations due to dizziness and bites from mosquitoes and other insects. The spokesman urged people planning to take the system not to forget to bring bottled water and to take precautionary measures to prevent sunburn and mosquito bites. TRTC statistics showed that a total of 22,156 passengers used the system on Saturday, 4,512 more than the previous day. The cable car system has suspended operations several times since its inauguration on Wednesday. Conditions seemed to have improved substantially over the first weekend despite some misunderstandings between passengers and station staff, as well as a protest staged by a group of students against the lack of an air-condition system, the spokesman said.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up