Young receives medal
Stephen Young, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, received a medal from President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday for his contribution to Taiwan-US relations. Chen conferred the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon on Young, who was accompanied by his family and co-workers. Young said he and Chen had not always agreed on everything but that they had always worked hard in the interest of Taiwan-US relations. He also looked forward to working with the next president to further develop US-Taiwan friendship and cooperation, he said. Meanwhile, Rong San Lin
(林榮三), founder of the Liberty Times (Taipei Times' sister paper), yesterday received the Order of Propitious Clouds, second class, for his contribution to the media and construction industries. Others who received honors yesterday included former senior residential adviser Peng Ming-min (彭明敏), former senior presidential adviser Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏 and chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party's Arbitration Committee, Chen Chi-sheng (陳繼盛), a former national policy adviser.
Group plans May 20 march
Pro-independence groups yesterday encouraged the public to participate in a march organized for May 20, the day of the inauguration of president-elect Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), to demonstrate their determination to build a new republic. Participants were advised to gather at the Da-an Forest Park at 1:30pm. The event, scheduled to begin at 2 pm, will include a flag-raising ceremony, speeches and a march to the Liberty Square at the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴), chairman of the Taiwan Association of University Professors, said the theme of the event is "to be the master of Taiwan, and refuse to be the slave of China."
Dog fines to hit NT$50,000
Dog owners in Taipei City who fail to have their dogs implanted with chip IDs and vaccinated against rabies could face fines of up to NT$50,000 starting next month, the Taipei City Government said yesterday. Owners who do not implant chip IDs in their dogs will be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000, and will face a fine between NT$10,000 and NT$50,000 if their dogs are not vaccinated against rabies, said Yen I-feng (嚴一峰), Director of the Taipei Municipal Institute for Animal Health. Pet owners who do not get chip IDs for their pets can go to certified vets and pay a discounted implant fee of NT$250 to complete the registration process. The fee for the rabies vaccine is NT$200, Yen said. To find vets registered with the city government, visit the Web site www.tmiah.tcg.gov.tw.
NAS elects academician
Academia Sinica ??the country's top research institute －announced yesterday that one of its academicians has been elected a new member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the most prestigious scientific organization in the US. Evelyn Hu (胡玲), 61, was one of 72 new members elected to the NAS on April 29 at the organization's annual meeting in Washington, in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in research. The scientist became an academician of Academia Sinica in 2004. Her research focuses on the formation of nanophotonic devices that can provide more energy-efficient lighting sources and facilitate new, faster computation and communications.