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■CRIME

DPP ‘incites tensions’

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) said yesterday that the recent assassination threats posted by Web users against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his daughters were the result of “perennial ethnic tensions” incited by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chang said police must investigate the threats to ensure the president’s safety. KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) urged DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to publicly discourage such behavior. “Taiwanese society should show its maturity and tolerance regardless of whether the person threatened is a politician or not. No one is qualified to call on others to assassinate anyone for any reason,” Wu said.

■POLITICS

‘Taiwan Corner’ gets German

Pro-Taiwan Danish online publication Taiwan Corner announced yesterday it would start offering news about Taiwan in German. Michael Danielsen, chairman of Taiwan Corner, said in an e-mail that the front-page of the newsletter would be translated into German. The online publication is in English, Chinese and Dutch. Danielsen said the objective was to reach out to more countries by using the local language. A press release was sent to the German media, Danielsen said. The Web site can be accessed at www.taiwancorner.org/.

■ANIMALS

City pushes for pet implants

Kaohsiung City’s Bureau of Economic Development yesterday said it would order pet stores to ensure that every dog and cat receive an ID chip implant before being sold. Liu Hsin-cheng (劉馨正), director-general of the bureau, told reporters that pet breeders and pet stores with legal permits that failed to add the implant would be fined between NT$40,000 and NT$200,000 in accordance with the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法). Chu Chia-te (朱家德), director of the Municipal Institute for Animal Health, said, pet owners showed up at the animal shelter everyday looking for their pets and regretted not having their pets receive the implant. Chu called on pet owners to remember to register their pets after the implant is added, saying that people who forget to do so could be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000. Meanwhile, statistics from the institute showed that the city’s quota for the annual stipend for dog and cat neutering was almost full, with 46 spots remaining as of last Wednesday.

■EDUCATION

Hoklo test launched

National Cheng Kung University will launch the nation’s first general Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese) proficiency certification test this summer. Taiffalo Chiung (蔣為文), director of the university’s Center for Taiwanese Languages Testing, said the first test was scheduled for July 24, adding that it would be held annually in January and July. Chiung said the center, which helped the Ministry of Education create a Hoklo proficiency screening test, held a successful proficiency test for Tainan City and County, Chiayi City and County and Pingtung County. A total of 586 teachers from junior high and elementary schools in 11 cities and counties took the test on Nov. 14 , Chiung said. About 26 percent of test-takers were awarded advanced-level certificates, while 30 percent received high-intermediate-level certificates, Chiung said. Eleven percent received basic-level certificates and 29 percent received an intermediate level certificate.

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