Kaohsiung inks medical ties
Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) has forged sisterhood ties with Poland's Poznan University of Medical Sciences, paving the way for future academic exchanges, a KMU representative said yesterday. KMU will send 26 postgraduate students to Poznan in July for a two-week academic and clinical research program. The university and the Ministry of Education will pay the students' air fares, while the Poznan school will cover their expenses in Poland. Poznan University has four colleges: the First College of Medicine, which offers a six-year M.D. program; the Second College of Medicine, which includes the departments of dentistry and post-graduate medical education; the College of Pharmacy; and the College of Health Sciences. The representative said that KMU hopes to create more opportunities for exchanges between the two schools in the hope of allowing KMU teaching personnel and students to acquire wider medical knowledge and techniques from Poland.
Foreign population rises
About 570,000 foreign nationals were residing in Taiwan at the end of last year, an increase of 17,000 compared with the previous year, the latest statistics compiled by the Ministry of the Interior showed. Some 358,000 of the foreign nationals were migrant workers, representing 62.8 percent of the total number, and more than 65,000, or 11.4 percent, were foreign spouses of local citizens, ministry statistics showed. Most of the foreign nationals lived in Taipei City, Taipei County and Taoyuan County. The number of foreign workers last year rose 5.7 percent from 2006, while the number of foreign husbands and wives of Taiwanese nationals dropped 14.1 percent. For short-term stays, Japan was the largest source of business visitors and tourists to Taiwan last year, accounting for 25.1 percent of the total, followed by the US with 23.2 percent, the tallies showed.
Firefly season in Alishan
The Alishan National Scenic Area Administration held a ceremony in the village of Ruili (瑞里) last night to mark the launch of the firefly season at the national park. The series of countdown activities to formally launch the firefly season included the lighting of special lanterns by the invited guests. The light from the lanterns was meant to symbolize the firefly's mating signal and served as an invitation to nature lovers to visit the national park to enjoy the firefly spectacle. A special draw was also held, with winners receiving a limited number of handmade firefly dolls that glow in the dark. An Alishan administration official said the firefly phenomenon was a testament to the scenic area's pure and pristine natural environment and local residents' love for and protection of the environment.
Hoklo movies on show
Free screenings of 18 classic Taiwanese movies in Hoklo will be held at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday until May 29 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the memorial hall said in a press release yesterday. The free screenings are part of an art movie appreciation activity organized by the memorial hall, which started five years ago, memorial hall director Cheng Nai-wen (鄭乃文) said. Film director and playwright Huang Ying-hsiung (黃英雄) will host a brief discussion session after each showing. Information on the list of films being shown can be downloaded at www.yatsen.gov.tw/chinese/movies/files/970128.doc
921 EARTHQUAKE: The magnitude 7.3 quake left 2,456 people dead and 10,718 injured, while 53,661 houses were fully destroyed and 53,024 houses damaged The Central Weather Bureau yesterday received about 50,000 views on Facebook after it posted the data that it collected on Sept. 21, 1999, when the nation was devastated by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. The data showed that the 921 Earthquake hit the nation at 1:47am, with the epicenter being 7km southwest of the bureau’s quake detection center in Nantou County’s Yuchi Township (魚池) at a depth of 8km. The quake left 2,456 people dead and 10,718 injured, while 53,661 houses were fully destroyed and 53,024 houses damaged, with the cost of the damage estimated at NT$300 billion (US$10.8 billion at the current
British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reported that Prince Charles met with Bruno Wang (汪家興), a Taiwanese fugitive who describes himself as a Chinese philanthropist and donated ￡500,000 (US$683,522) to the prince’s charity, the Prince’s Foundation. The newspaper reported that Wang is wanted in Taiwan on charges related to money laundering and being a fugitive from justice, allegations he denies, and drew comparisons between Wang and the Russian banker Dmitry Leus. Investigation and cooperation with foreign authorities have found that Bruno Wang’s father, Andrew Wang (汪傳浦), had stashed proceeds from a scandal involving the procurement of Lafayette frigates in 61 bank accounts,
AT ODDS: The KMT called on the government to seek bilateral dialogue with Beijing to resolve the issue that led to the ban on custard apple and wax apple imports Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials and lawmakers yesterday condemned China’s sudden ban on imports of custard apples and wax apples from Taiwan as “obvious political retaliation,” while the opposition called for a scientific investigation into Beijing’s claim to have found pests in imports of the fruits. China earlier yesterday announced a ban on the importation of the two fruits from today, citing repeated discoveries of Planococcus minor, a type of mealybug. The announcement follows a similar ban on Taiwanese pineapples imposed in February. At least Beijing gave a few days’ notice when it banned pineapple imports, an unnamed government official said yesterday. This time
BY OTHER MEANS: China could see CPTPP membership as a means of circumventing trade restrictions imposed by the US, amid an ongoing trade dispute between them The US could invoke a clause in its trade agreement with Canada and Mexico to block China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a government official said yesterday. Under Article 32.10 of the Exceptions and General Provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), if either Canada or Mexico enter a free-trade agreement with a nonmarket economy — such as China — the US could withdraw from the agreement. “If that clause applies to multilateral free-trade agreements such as the CPTPP — which Mexico and Canada are members of — that might be cause for the two