Mon, Jul 30, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

AGENCIES, WITH STAFF WRITER

■ CRIME

CMPC chairman resigns

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) yesterday resigned as chairman of Central Motion Pictures Corp (CMPC, 中影公司) in the wake of a gunshot fired at the iron door of his office in Nangang, Taipei, on Saturday. The CMPC yesterday held an ad hoc board meeting and approved Tsai's resignation. It subsequently elected Lin Li-chen (林麗珍) as its new chairwoman. Tsai on Saturday had said that the gunshot incident may have been related to shareholding disputes. Tsai has been accused by former CMPC vice president Chuang Wan-chun (莊婉均) of stealing her shares in the corporation.

■ ENERGY

Biodiesel fuel on sale

Biodiesel fuel is on sale on a trial basis as part of the nation's attempts to reduce oil imports and carbon dioxide emissions. Gas stations in two counties, Taoyuan and Chiayi, began selling petroleum diesel mixed with 1 percent biodiesel fuel over the weekend, the Economic Ministry said on its Web site. The blended diesel will be sold nationwide by next year. By 2010, the mix will be increased to 2 percent biodiesel, resulting in the consumption of an estimated 100,000 kiloliters of biodiesel fuel per year, it said. The trial sale this year is aimed at encouraging farmers to grow more soybeans, sunflowers and rape plants to produce the alternative fuel. The government has made the production of biodegradable fuel one of its core policies to help cut oil imports, increase farm yields and reduce the output of carbon dioxide to help combat global warming, the ministry said.

■ HEALTH

Patient to return from China

Arrangements have been made to return the "runaway" tuberculosis patient surnamed Lee (李) from China, where he flew on July 21 with his wife despite a flight travel ban for those with drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, a Center for Disease Control official said yesterday. The center's deputy director, Chou Chih-hao (周志浩), said he could not give details on the patient and his wife's whereabouts and declined to answer when and how Lee and his wife would return. Lee's wife also suffers from tuberculosis, although she has not been diagnosed with the same drug-resistant strain as her husband. "The couple have asked to remain anonymous so we don't want to cause them unpleasantness by exposing their itinerary," Chou said. "However, I want to reassure the public that precautions will be taken to ensure that the couple are safely isolated during the return trip." Upon their return to Taiwan, Chou said, the couple will be quarantined until they are no longer infectious.

■ CULTURE

Tao boat reaches Tamsui

The largest traditional Tao wooden boat ever made, which departed from Lanyu (蘭嶼, Orchid Island) more than a month ago for Taiwan proper arrived at Tamsui (淡水), Taipei County, last night. The hand-rowed boat is named Ipanga na 1001, which means "from here to there and further" in the Tao Aboriginal language. The boat can carry 20 rowers, the Council for Indigenous Peoples said. A traditional Tao boat usually seats up to 10 people. Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), council Minister Icyang Parod, Aboriginal lawmakers and Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) all attended a ceremony last night to welcome the boat. The boat will be on display for a week at the Taipei 101 tower, council spokesman Sewaya Teason said.

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