Exports to Iran blocked
Taiwan has blocked the illegal export of high-tech materials to Iran and North Korea on four occasions this year, a newspaper reported yesterday. The seizures have won praise from the US because they were of restricted materials that could be used in terrorist attacks, the Chinese-language China Times said. The exports blocked by the Bureau of Investigation consisted of weapons components, including one company's planned export of a "digitally controlled drilling machine" to Iran, the daily said. Another firm planned to export machinery for making precision cannon shells to North Korea. Another two firms wanted to export fire-control chips for missiles and military computer software, also to North Korea. Internationally, 15 seizures of banned weapons or weapon parts prepared for export have been reported.
Man's ideal woman a `he'
A Hong Kong man traveled to Taiwan last month to look for a woman he fell in love with over the Internet, only to find that "she" was a 19-year-old man, local television reports said yesterday. Disillusioned Au Kun-shing, 29, sought help from the police, demanding compensation of NT$40,000 (US$1,200) in travel expenses from his Internet lover, but his request was made in vain because the teen did not cheat him financially, the cable news network TVBS reported. "I came all the way to find her," Au told TVBS, saying he met his dream love on the Internet 10 months ago and finally decided to come to Taiwan last month to be with her. The 19-year-old later told police that he just wanted to know how it would feel to be a girl so he posted pictures of a female friend on the Web site of a friend-finding club. Police said the teen did not ask for money or gifts from Au, making it impossible for the disillusioned man to sue him for fraud, TVBS reported.
Hsu attends San Jose event
Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) attended a celebration at San Jose City Hall in California on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of Tainan-San Jose sisterhood ties. Hsu arrived in the US earlier in the day for a visit planned to last through Friday. During the celebrations, Hsu introduced his city, which he said had been recognized by the WHO as a "healthy city" in the West Pacific region and was one of four major high-technology cities in Taiwan. Tainan and San Jose, located in Silicon Valley, forged sisterhood ties in 1977. In his address, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reek expressed his gratitude for Taiwan's contribution to high-tech development in Silicon Valley, and his admiration toward Taiwan's achievements in pursuing democracy and freedom. Reek also mentioned that there are approximately 10,000 Taiwanese living in San Jose.
CDC warns on dengue fever
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that, following recent heavy rains, Kaohsiung City should eliminate areas of standing water as quickly as possible in order to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever. At a meeting held by the city to solicit the advice of experts and officials, Department of Health Director He Chi-kong (何啟功) said that while the disease was currently under control, the downpours added to the probability of a resurgence of the disease. The CDC said there had been 15 cases of dengue fever this summer, but that Kaohsiung had been successful in preventing the spread of the disease.