Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ POLITICS

No reshuffle on Monday

Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) yesterday revealed that a Cabinet reshuffle will not be announced on Monday, as many in the media have speculated. Wang, however, said it should be finalized by Thursday as President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) have made it clear that they want to finalize penalties for officials responsible for the devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot and replace any Cabinet members implicated early this month. Until then, Wang urged the media and public to refrain from speculating on the matter. Meanwhile, Executive Yuan Spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) denied speculation that Minister of the Interior (MOI) Liao Liou-yi (廖了以) will replace Hsueh Hsiang-chuan (薛香川) as secretary-general of the Executive Yuan, and that Hsinchu Mayor Lin Jung-tzer (林政則) would be appointed the new MOI minister. “As far as I know, the reported reshuffle is not true,” Su said.

■ MILITARY

Walkway report denied

The Air Force yesterday denied press reports that a new passenger walkway would be built to enable the president to board his plane at the Air Force’s new main administrative building at its Songshan Air Force base. The base is the Air Force Administrative Fleet’s headquarters, as well as a civilian airport. The main administrative building is in the military zone next to the airport’s civilian terminals. The fleet has a Boeing 737-800, the presidential aircraft, but the military base does not have a boarding walkway. The Air Force is planning to re-build the administrative building and the original plan included a walkway and a presidential waiting room next to the gate. “The bridge was designed to protect and ensure that there would be no security concern for the president when he needs to board his plane,” the original budget plan said. The Air Force said in a statement that while the bridge was part of the original plan and the cost had been estimated at NT$10 million (US$304,000), the plan for the bridge was canceled last year because “the need for it does not exist anymore” and it would be costly to maintain in the future.

■ WEATHER

Air quality to worsen

Air quality on the west coast and in Taitung County is expected to worsen over the next few days because of dust particles, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. The EPA attributed the phenomenon to an approaching tropical depression and sand and silt deposits left in the wake of Typhoon Morakot. The results of air quality monitoring conducted by the EPA showed that many areas in the west were affected by dust particles on Wednesday, with the concentration of suspended particulate matter registering up to 200 micrograms per cubic meter. In Taitung County, a concentration of up to 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter was recorded.

■ DIPLOMACY

ICDF to stage exhibit

The International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) will hold a 50-year anniversary exhibit in New York from Sept. 18 to Sept. 23 to celebrate five decades of Taiwan’s international humanitarian outreach program, ICDF secretary-general Chen Lien-gene (陳連軍) said. Historical photos, exhibits, documentary films and publications are to feature at the exhibition, Chen said, adding that visitors would be able to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Taiwan’s charitable works around the world. The exhibit is to be held in the lobby of the representative office in Manhattan.

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