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
UNDER WATCH: Taiwan will have to establish a standardized nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus and monitor its spread, the CDC said The Langya henipavirus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, has been discovered in China, with 35 human infections reported so far, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, adding that the nation would establish a nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus. A study titled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday said that a new henipavirus associated with a fever-causing human illness was identified in China. The study said an investigation identified 35 patients with acute infection of the Langya henipavirus in China’s Shandong
MISSILE PATHS: Certain information on the Chinese missile fire was not disclosed to maintain secrecy over military intelligence-gathering capabilities, the MND said Military experts yesterday speculated on the implication of the government’s tight-lipped response and the lack of air-raid sirens during the first day of China’s military drills the previous day. On Thursday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched 11 Dongfeng-series ballistic missiles into waters north, east and south of Taiwan, a day after US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s departure from the country, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said that China fired nine missiles toward Taiwan, including four that flew over Taiwan proper. However, China’s exhibition of force failed to terrorize the local populace, because
If any war were to break out between the US and China, one trigger might be the increasingly frequent fighter jet encounters near Taiwan. Almost every day, Taiwanese fighter pilots hop in their US-made F-16s to intercept Chinese warplanes screaming past their territory. The encounters probe the nation’s defenses and force the pilots on both sides to avoid mistakes that could lead to a crisis that spins out of control. “I didn’t know whether they would fire at me,” said retired colonel Mountain Wang, recounting a tense five-minute confrontation he had with Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) jets more than a decade
INCREASINGLY EMBOLDENED: China can no longer be dismissed as inexperienced, demonstrating an ability to coordinate land and sea missile systems, an expert said Beijing’s largest-ever exercises around Taiwan have offered essential clues into its plans for a grueling blockade in the event of an attack on Taiwan, and revealed an increasingly emboldened Chinese military, experts said. The visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi — second in line to the presidency — sparked outrage from Beijing, which launched vast military maneuvers around the nation, even at the risk of partially exposing its plans to the US and its Asian allies. Mobilizing fighter planes, helicopters and warships, the drills aim to simulate a blockade of Taiwan and include practicing an “attack on