Taichung City offers chickens
The Taichung City Government will start selling free-range chickens raised on organic feed on a trial basis from next month, Environmental Protection Department chief Lee Li-teh (李立德) said yesterday. Lee said the chickens would not contain any antibiotic residue or growth hormones and would be marketed over the Internet. The chickens are the result of a two-year experiment on a local farm, raising chickens on table scraps provided by Lee’s department. During the promotional period, each chicken will cost NT$450 and only 50 chickens will be sold per month, Lee said during a news conference with the Taichung City Farmers Association. The chickens take more than six months to raise in order to ensure their meat is tasty, he said.
ICDF looking for volunteers
The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) is seeking 90 volunteers to take part in humanitarian missions to the nation’s diplomatic allies. Over the past 14 years, ICDF has sent more than 400 volunteers on long-term and short-term medical, agriculture, financial and environmental projects. Volunteers must be at least 20 years old, a Republic of China citizen, have a college degree or five years’ work experience in a related field. English-speaking ability is preferred. Volunteers will receive three months of training, a roundtrip ticket and a monthly stipend between US$400 and US$700, depending on their posting. Applications are being accepted until Monday.
Officials seek special status
Tainan County Commissioner Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智), Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (?]) and other Tainan politicians called on the Executive Yuan yesterday to merge the city and county and upgrade them to a special municipality. They talked to Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) yesterday, but did not receive a commitment. Liu said the government would approve applications of county and city mergers in accordance with the Local Government Act (地方制度法). Hsu said the government’s plan to establish three special municipalities — Taipei City, Kaohsiung City and Taichung County/City — and 15 counties would hurt Tainan County and Tainan City. “Tainan County and Tainan City have been marginalized in the past,” he said. “Kaohsiung developed fast because of Kaohsiung Harbor, and Taichung’s growth was a result of the [former] provincial government. Tainan, however, has been oppressed by politics.” Su said upgrading the status of Tainan County and City would facilitate unity in the country because “they are the origins of the country’s culture and history.”
Kang takes office
Newly elected Independent Legislator Kang Shih-ju (康世儒) assumed office yesterday and joined the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU) caucus. Caucus whip Lin Pin-kuan (林炳坤) said the NPSU would continue to oppose wrangling between the pan-blue and pan-green camps. Kang was elected in a March 14 by-election in Miaoli after he beat Chen Luan-ying (陳鑾英), wife of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Lee Yi-ting (李乙廷). Kang, chief of Chunan Township (竹南), gave up his KMT membership to run in the by-election. Lee, who was elected as a first-term lawmaker in January last year, lost his seat on Dec. 10 after the Taichung branch of the High Court rejected his appeal of a Miaoli District Court conviction on vote buying.