Flight plans approved
The government has given approval for aviation carriers to offer 101 flights in the first week of daily passenger services to and from China, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday. Five domestic carriers and nine Chinese airlines will offer the flights from tomorrow to next Sunday, the administration said on its Web site. Services will increase from four days a week to daily after last month’s agreements between the Straits Exchange Foundation and the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait to boost the number of direct flights and establish direct shipping and postal links. Under the deal, airplanes will no longer need to travel through Hong Kong airspace.
US military students visit
A delegation of US military school students from Delaware is visiting the Chung Cheng Armed Forces Preparatory School on educational exchanges, the school said yesterday. The seven foreign guests, led by Commandant Charles Baldwin, arrived on Dec. 4 and will depart on Wednesday. The visit is the result of a request Baldwin made to the Ministry of National Defense last year for the two schools to engage in education exchanges. In addition to learning about the school’s training system, the Delaware delegation will take classes in Chinese and calligraphy and lessons in playing the ocarina, a type of flute. The Delaware Military Academy cultivates personnel for the US naval forces and was founded in 2003. The Chung Cheng Armed Forces Preparatory School prepares students for professions in the military forces and has about 700 students. The two schools will sign an agreement on Tuesday to pave the way for an exchange visit to Delaware in April.
Police throw dinnerware
The Taitung County Police Bureau has borrowed an idea from abroad to help overworked police officers relieve stress by encouraging them to smash dinnerware at a training camp. Some of the officers who took part in the stress-relief program said on Friday that they felt great when they heard the ceramic plates breaking against a wall. “I felt like the pressure on me was gone,” one of the officers said of the experience. The police bureau collected 400 unwanted plates from restaurants around the county for the program. Each police officer was allowed to smash three plates. Pent-up officers could write down their complaints or the names of the bosses they hated most on the plates before hurling the dinnerware as hard as they could against a stone wall.
Abe may visit next year
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will most likely visit Taiwan early next year, the Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry official as saying. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Tokyo first extended the invitation to Abe in September last year, when he stepped down from office. The likelihood of the trip, the official said, would hinge largely upon Japan’s political climate at the time of his visit. If all goes well, Abe could come to Taiwan sometime during the first half of next year, making him the fourth former Japanese prime minister to visit Taiwan, he said.
STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES