Sat, Feb 02, 2008 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ HEALTH

Woman seeking donor

A Chinese-American woman suffering from leukemia is looking for a compatible ethnic Chinese donor for a bone marrow transplant, members of a Taiwanese expatriate group in the US said on Thursday. Ethnic Chinese aged 18 to 55 who are physically fit and willing to help are urged to get blood tests to see if they are a match for the 35-year-old woman surnamed Hsu, the US east coast chapter of the National Women's League of the Republic of China said. Potential donors can have their blood samples collected for testing at the following locations in New York: Central Islip Campus, New York Institute and Technology at 1:30pm tomorrow; Boon Church of Overseas Chinese Mission, Flushing, at 1pm next Sunday; and Chung Hwa Book Inc, Flushing, at 4pm next Sunday. They can also contact Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation Inc at 16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10D, New York, or check out www.cllf.org.

■ HORTICULTURE

Expo logo, mascot unveiled

The Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled the logo and mascot for the 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, which will be held from Nov. 6, 2010 to April 30, 2011, at the Zhongshan Soccer Stadium. The logo featured a flower composed of human shapes in five different colors, while the mascot, called "Flower Band," was formed by five smiling fairies. Lee Kai-an (李鎧安), designer of the mascot, said he combined the elements of flower and music to add some vitality to the design. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said Taipei will be the seventh Asian city to host the exposition, and the event is expected to attract more than 6 million visitors and boost the floricultural and tourism industries.

■ CONSERVATION

Rodent may be protected

The Council of Agriculture will soon list the Asiatic water shrew as the country's first protected rodent. The council's Forestry Bureau paved the way for the decision by approving a proposal to list the Asiatic water shrew as a protected species at a commissioners' meeting on the preservation of wild animals on Thursday. Lin Liang-kong (林良恭), a professor at Tunghai University's Department of Life Science, said the Asiatic water shrew -- one of 19 types of rodents in the country -- was discovered in 1971 along the Mei River in central Taiwan. The polluted river and a river treatment project have resulted in a sharp decline in the rodent's population in the area. The Asiatic water shrew weighs a maximum of 50g to 60g and feeds on water insects, small fish and small shrimp. It lives close to the water, and snakes are its natural enemy.

■ EDUCATION

College entrance test starts

The annual national college entrance examination started yesterday with more than 150,000 students taking the test. The two-day exam is held in every county across the nation, including the outlying islands. The College Entrance Examination Center said that only 1.7 percent, or 2,490, registered test takers, including seven students with special needs, failed to show up. A majority of the examinees said the test was more difficult than they had expected. One student, Lin Hung-hsun (林鴻勛) of the Taipei School for the Visually Impaired, took the test while hooked up to an oxygen tank. Lin, who suffers from lung disease, said he wanted "to give himself a chance" to take up public administration in college.

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