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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ DIPLOMACY

WHO article sparks row

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday it was looking into the WHO’s use of the term “Taiwan (China)” to refer to the country. The term was used in an article titled “Taiwan (China) urges event planners to take precautions against Pandemic (H1N1) 2009,” which was posted online on Tuesday by the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila. “The Foreign Ministry’s representative in the Philippines is now looking into the matter and will lodge a protest and request a correction from the world health body, but the process could take some time,” ministry spokesman Henry Chen (陳銘政) said. “We hope that Taiwan can be referred to as Chinese Taipei in WHO agencies and meetings. This is the goal that we are working toward.”

■ RELIGION

Church honors three

Artist Yang En-dian (楊恩典), who paints with her mouth and feet, is one of three people who will receive a special Family Values Award on Father’s Day today to recognize their strong family values, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a press release yesterday. This is the sixth consecutive year the church has recognized outstanding people for their contributions to strengthening families throughout Taiwan. Yang was born with no arms and a deformed right leg and spine. She was abandoned by her parents and brought to an orphanage in Kaohsiung in March 1974. Growing up to earn her own living by selling her paintings, Yang is now married and has a daughter of her own. Huang Suei-ping, founder of the Taiwan Spinocerebellar Ataxia Association, will receive the award for expanding her love for her stricken siblings to others with similar problems. Huang Chih-ming, chief advisor of Prudential Financial Inc, Taiwan, was chosen for his contributions to promoting family values.

■ SOCIETY

Shops plan gay soiree

Gay-friendly stores in Taipei City’s Gongguan (公館) and Ximending (西門町) shopping districts will hold events on Lunar Lover’s Day on Aug. 22 to mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the nation’s gay rights movement. The alliance of gay-friendly stores will celebrate the day with a series of events, including a forum on same-sex relationships at 1:30pm, a drama performed by students from Taipei National University of the Arts at 4pm, and a soiree on the square around the Red House Theater in Ximending. Participating stores will set up booths selling their wares, while gay rights activists will share a brief history of the movement over the past 10 years.

■ DIPLOMACY

Mine removal supported

Taiwan has provided assistance to the US-based nongovernmental Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) in support of a program promoting landmine removal and assisting victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance in Vietnam. Kenneth Liao (廖港民), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, and HDI president Ralph Cwerman signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in New York on Thursday. Liao later handed a US$200,000 check to Cwerman on behalf of the government. The amount is intended to support the HDI’s ongoing efforts to remove landmines in Vietnam and to expand mushroom farming there to generate jobs and income for those who have been left disabled by landmines or unexploded ordnance. Over the next two years, Taiwan will also send mushroom farming experts to Vietnam to take part in the program.

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