Tue, Jun 16, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ HEALTH

More flu cases recorded

The Central Epidemic Command Center reported seven new A(H1N1) cases yesterday, bringing the nation's total tally for swine flu to 51. All of the new cases were overseas infections, the center told a press conference. Four of the cases came from Thailand — two male students aged 21 and 22, one 25-year-old female student and a 28-year-old man, the center said. The other three cases were from the US — two 18-year-old students and a 31-year-old man of Thai nationality, it said. All seven are now in quarantine, the center said.

■ DIPLOMACY

Ou positive on Panama

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) expressed optimism on Sunday about ties with Panama. Ou arrived in Panama City on Sunday for a two-day visit to promote bilateral cooperation and boost Taipei's knowledge of the incoming Panamanian government's policies and priorities, he said in an interview with the Central News Agency. Ou said he believed that relations with Panama, which date back to 1954, would remain stable and solid. Ou was scheduled to meet Panamanian president-elect Ricardo Martinelli and his incoming foreign minister, Juan Carlos Varela. He was also to give a briefing on Taiwan's development and offer Taiwanese assistance to aid Panama's economic development, Ou said. Martinelli and Varela will assume office on July 1.

■ DIPLOMACY

Rights covenant sent to UN

The government has sent instruments of ratification for two UN human rights covenants to the UN Secretariat for deposit through four of its diplomatic allies, Taiwan's representative office in the US said on Saturday. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) signed the UN-sponsored International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into law on May 14, a move that ensures implementation of the two human rights treaties under the country's domestic laws. As Taiwan lost its China seat in the UN in 1971, it asked the UN ambassadors of Palau, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize and Gambia to refer the ratification documents to the UN Secretariat on June 8 for deposit. The action marked completion of the legal procedures for ratifying the two covenants, sources close to the representative office said. The UN Secretariat has so far not commented on Taiwan's ratification of the two pacts.

■ POLITICS

Chen Chu rates high: poll

Kaohsiung City Government has earned the acclaim of its residents after completing several public infrastructure projects, a survey by the city's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said. The poll conducted between June 7 and June 9 found that 72.4 percent of 1,081 respondents were satisfied with the city government's performance, up 7.6 percentage points from a similar survey conducted last month. Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), of the Democratic Progressive Party, had a 76 percent approval rating, while 11.6 percent of respondents expressed disapproval. The poll also found that 81.5 percent of those surveyed said they felt proud to be a resident of the city, while 8.6 percent held an opposing view. Those who expressed dissatisfaction with the government's administrative performance complained about the poor quality of city roads, haphazard road construction, chaotic traffic, dirty and disorderly streets, poor public safety, high unemployment and air pollution, the poll showed.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top