Council mulls options
The Sports Affairs Council (SAC) yesterday said it had collected all the evidence on the disqualification of taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun (楊淑君) at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, last month and would look at various scenarios before choosing the proper course of action. “We will fight for the scenario that is most advantageous to us,” the council said in a statement. The statement came after media reported that the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was preparing to handle Yang’s disqualification and her refusal to leave the ring afterward, which delayed other bouts, as separate matters. The WTF could punish Yang and her coach for the latter, and the possible rulings could include barring Yang and her coach from participating in international competition, the reports said. The council said the Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association had until tomorrow to submit a written report about Yang’s case.
TEDxMonga holds conference
TEDxMonga will hold its first conference at National Taiwan University today, featuring more than a dozen talks and presentations from Taiwan-based artists, educators, scientists and businesspeople. The non-profit organization, whose role is to promote “ideas worth spreading,” is teaming up with local, self-organized events to invite local speakers to share their experiences. TEDxMonga’s event theme is “Make It Real” and aims to put the spotlight on Taiwan’s successes and innovations in fields ranging from architecture and animation to science and entrepreneurship.
Food draws foreign students
Taiwan’s fruit and its food have become major attractions for Japanese students in Taiwan, a student delegation from Japan that visited the Ministry of Education said yesterday. The 24-member student group from Japan’s Fukuoka Girls’ High School arrived in Taiwan on Monday and attended a presentation introducing the Taiwanese education system that was held by the ministry’s Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations. One of the students, Yamauchi Rikako, expressed her interest in studying in Taiwan and said Taiwan’s fruit is well known in Japan and that her motivation for visiting was to sample the food and experience the culture. Bureau Director Lin Wen-tong (林文通) said that every year, Taiwan invites groups of high school students from Japan to get a taste of local school life and help improve their understanding of the country.
Mad cow disease kills man
A Taiwanese man who spent eight years in the UK before returning home died earlier this year from what appeared to be mad cow disease, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. The man, who was in the UK from 1978 to 1986, died in May at the age of 36. In 2008, he began to show symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD) such as memory loss and hypersomnia, and was reported as a suspected CJD case in March last year, the CDC said. However, the man’s family refused to provide tissue for testing or to give permission for an autopsy, making it difficult to confirm the cause of his death, CDC Deputy Director Lin Ting (林頂) said. “We cannot exclude this as a CJD case either,” Lin said. Based on the patient’s symptoms and his MRI and EEG records, a medical team has determined this was an “extremely likely case” of CJD, the CDC said in a press release.