Students catch dysentery
Three more students from Taichung City's Beitun Elementary School have been diagnosed with dysentery after an outbreak at the school last week, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. So far, 14 students have been diagnosed with dysentery. The new cases occurred before the school's students received preventive medicine, officials said, adding that the outbreak had been contained.
Lu hopes Vatican ties stable
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) expressed the hope yesterday that the Vatican would not forge ties with China at the expense of Taiwan. Speaking at an ordination ceremony for Hung Shan-chuan (洪山川), archbishop of the Taipei Diocese, Lu said she understands that the Holy See is very concerned about the large number of Catholics in China and is maintaining close contact with authorities in Beijing. Lu said twice in her speech that the Holy See should not establish diplomatic relations with China at the expense of Taiwan, saying she was confident that the Vatican would continue to take care of Taiwanese Catholics. The vice president also expressed hope that diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Holy See would strengthen. Hung also promised to do his best to promote Taiwan's diplomatic efforts.
Forum looks at architecture
The Taipei City Government and German Trade Office Taipei will hold a two-day forum on the topic of "green" architecture at the National Taiwan Science Education Center next Friday and Saturday. The organizers will invite around 15 experts and academics from Taiwan and other countries to discuss environmentally friendly architecture from the perspectives of site maintenance, preserving historical sites and aesthetics. The city's Department of Cultural Affairs said the forum was a chance for the public to learn more about energy conservation, sustainable development and environmentally friendly buildings. To promote green architecture, the department promised to adhere to high environmental standards for the City Museum of Taipei, the Taipei Art Center and the Taipei Center for Pop Music -- all facilities still in the planning stages. The forum is free and English translation will be provided.
Woman to get dentures
Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) promised to help a Peruvian woman suffering from elephantiasis receive free dentures. The woman recently underwent surgery at Eda Hospital in Kaohsiung County to remove 47kg of swollen tissue from her leg. Yang made the promise on Saturday during a visit to Maria Rosario Razzeto Tasso, who endured 26 years with her swollen right leg and is recovering from her surgery at the hospital. Accompanied by Eda Hospital superintendent Chen Hung-chi (陳宏基), Yang presented NT$20,000 to Razzeto in celebration of the success of the operation, which took eight hours. As Razzeto has lost all but one of her teeth, Yang promised to raise funds to help her get free dentures in Taiwan and turn over a new leaf in her life. Yang also praised staff members of Eda Hospital -- which took up the woman's case on humanitarian grounds -- for their efforts to provide medical assistance to Razzeto and helping raise Taiwan's profile in the international medical community.