Fri, Jul 13, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ POLITICS

Frank Hsieh to visit US

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) is scheduled to arrive in New York next Friday for a visit aimed at drumming up support for his presidential bid, a spokesman for the party's US East Coast chapter said on Wednesday. The visit will be Hsieh's first to the US since he was nominated by the DPP for next year's presidential election. During his trip from July 20 to July 30, dubbed a "journey of trust and love," Hsieh will expound on his policy visions on topics that concern the US, such as cross-strait relations and political developments in Taiwan, the spokesman said. Hsieh and DPP supporters on the US East Coast will attend a baseball game at Yankee Stadium to cheer on the team's Taiwanese star pitcher, Wang Chien-ming (王建民), the spokesman said. Hsieh and his supporters will also travel to Washington, the spokesman added.

■ WEATHER

CWB issues coast warning

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday urged people to be careful when engaging in water activities in coastal areas as Typhoon Manyi sweeps past. Manyi, the fourth typhoon in the western Pacific area this year, will indirectly affect Taiwan by causing high waves, the CWB said yesterday. The typhoon was located about 740km southeast of the Japanese island of Okinawa at 2am yesterday, moving northwest at 25kph with maximum wind speeds near the center of 145kph, the weather bureau said. Meanwhile, the forecasters, said the weather in Taiwan will remain hot over the next two days, with temperatures reaching up to 35oC. Sporadic rainfall is expected around the country, and heavy rains are forecast for mountainous areas, they added.

■ DEFENSE

Ministry clarifies remarks

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday accused reporters of making mistakes in reports claiming that Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu (李天羽) had complained that the press was helping China with its constant criticism of certain government officials. The ministry issued a clarification in response to reports by the Military News Agency and the Youth Daily News about the minister's speech at a seminar for high-ranking officials on Tuesday. "Reporters from the two news outlets did not attend the minister's speech, so mistakes were made," a ministry press release said. The statement said that Lee had actually reminded military personnel to stay alert because China could take advantage of the media to disseminate false information. The release also said that neither outlet had assigned reporters to cover the seminar and instead based their stories on press releases. However, the press releases were inaccurate and some of Lee's comments were misinterpreted, the ministry said.

■ EMPLOYMENT

Longer terms take effect

Starting today, foreign blue-collar workers will be allowed to work in Taiwan for up to nine years, an official at the Cabinet-level Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) said yesterday. The announcement came a day after President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) promulgated amendments to Article 52 of the Employment Services Act (就業服務法) passed by the Legislative Yuan on June 14. The revised provision extends the employment limit on foreign blue-collar workers from six to nine years. The CLA official said the extension is expected to help stabilize relations between local company owners and foreign workers and allow employers to retain skilled and experienced workers.

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