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Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ SOCIETY

Kinmen fetes success

The Kinmen County Government held a seminar yesterday to display its success in remodeling derelict barracks into recycling centers, with County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽) hailing it as a mutually beneficial development for the military and private sectors. Lee said the derelict facilities became an asset for Kinmen after the military continued to reduce the number of troops stationed there. With money from the Environmental Protection Administration, since 2003 the county government has refurbished five barracks recommissioned by the military into recycling facilities, Lee said, adding that the administration had earmarked some NT$10 million (US$300,000) for each of the facilities in five townships selected for recycling. The project is being carried out by the Kinmen Environmental Protection Bureau.

■ AGRICULTURE

Mango tops the list

The mango tops a list of 10 classic locally grown fruits in an online vote held by the Council of Agriculture's Agricultural and Food Agency, results released yesterday showed. As of Friday, the mango had received close to 90,000 votes in the activity that began on July 1 and will end on Oct. 31. It was followed by the strawberry, with 82,000 votes, and the lychee, with 76,000 votes. The strawberry topped the list earlier this month thanks to an overwhelming endorsement by Internet users in Miaoli County, one of the country's major strawberry producers. The other most popular fruits were, in order: pears, bellfruit, grapes, bananas, water-melons, pineapples and longans.

■ CRIME

Nurse swindlers arrested

Taichung police arrested Lin Mao-tai (林茂泰) and Chen Yi-wen (陳義文) on Friday after some 200 nurses reported being defrauded. For two years, Lin and Chen allegedly led a 12-member fraud operation that sent out "Are you lonely? I want to be your friend" messages on the Internet, targeting nurses. When a nurse agreed to meet, the perpetrator would drive an expensive car to meet the date at a fancy restaurant. When the nurse became enamored of one of them, he would borrow money from her under the pretext of investing to expand his purported business. If the nurse had little cash to spare, the criminal ring would arrange for her to take out loans from several banks. As soon as Lin or Chen had received the money, they would vanish. Lin and Chen admitted they targeted nurses, who often work night shifts and have few opportunities to meet young men outside the workplace.

■ EDUCATION

University inks deal

National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology signed an agreement on Friday with the International Association for Volunteer Effort and its Taiwan branch to pave the way for future international exchanges in service-learning. The agreement, known as "I Volunteer," will allow the university to appoint students with foreign language competence to translate the association's Web site from English into Chinese, while the latter will provide opportunities for service-learning to students at the university. Students who attain enough hours of service -- including reception, interpretation, or promotion for international conferences, exhibitions or contests -- will receive international volunteer service certificates, university president Jou I-chang (周益昌) said.

■ EDUCATION

McMillan park inaugurated

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