NCCU issues Chuang contract
National Chengchi University (NCCU) yesterday issued a temporary teaching contract to former Ministry of Education (MOE) secretary-general Chuang Kuo-jung (莊國榮) because of the university’s inability to convene an extraordinary meeting to review Chuang’s contract before the spring semester ended yesterday. NCCU president Wu Si-hua (吳思華) approved Chuang’s temporary contract and scheduled a meeting on Sept. 10 to decide whether to renew Chuang’s contract as assistant professor at the Department of Public Administration. The MOE on July 16 returned NCCU’s previous resolution not to renew Chuang’s contract because the article cited by the university in its decision was flawed as it would also bar Chuang from teaching in other universities. Chuang sparked controversy during the presidential election campaign in March when he used a profanity to imply that the late father of then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had a salacious relationship with his goddaughter.
New ticket system planned
To save visitors to the Maokong Gondola from waiting in line for hours, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp is implementing a new ticketing system on weekends and holidays starting tomorrow. Visitors can draw number slips at Maokong’s Taipei Zoo Station and do not need to return to the station to take the gondola until the designated time printed on the slip, the company said. The gondola, a cable car system between Taipei Zoo and the tea-drinking center of Maokong (貓空) in the mountains, has become one of the most popular destinations in Taipei City since it was launched last year. The average wait time for visitors to get on the gondola is one to two hours during the weekends and holidays, the company said. The new measure would save visitors from having to wait in line, the company said.
Chen Chu denies report
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) dismissed a Chinese-language United Daily News report that said former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had recommended Democratic Progressive Party Deputy Secretary-General Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) to take over Deputy Kaohsiung Mayor Chiu Tai-san’s (邱太三) position after Chiu reportedly expressed his intention to resign. Shih Cheh (史哲), head of the city’s Department of Information, issued a press release for Chen Chu, who is currently leading a tourism delegation to Singapore. The press release said that the mayor had never received any direct or indirect suggestion from the former president regarding personnel recruitment. “The mayor always recruits the city government’s staff and places the interests of the city’s residents over other concerns,” the release said.
Olympians to receive fruit
Air Macau will fly 10 tonnes of Taiwanese fruit free of charge to the Beijing Olympics for the athletes, reporters and sports officials, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported yesterday. Air Macau manager David Fei was quoted by CNA as saying that Air Macau began the shipments yesterday and would continue until the end of the Games. Four kinds of Taiwanese fruit — pineapple, star fruit, guava and mango — were chosen by the organizers as some of the fruit to be served to the athletes during the Games, which start next Friday.