Abuse reports increasing
The number of suspected child abuse cases reported to authorities rose dramatically in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier, indicating increased awareness in society on the issue, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. A total of 13,130 cases were reported from January to June, 40.4 percent more than during the same period last year, and 9,039 of those cases, an increase of 39.77 percent, were confirmed, according to ministry statistics. Those aged six to 11 accounted for 3,305, or 36.56 percent, of the victims, and those aged one to five accounted for 2,262, or 25.03 percent. On the background of the abusers, 6,512, or 75.02 percent, were the victims’ parents or foster parents. The number of abusers who were live-in partners of one of the parents was up 49.3 percent from last year to 212, while the number of abusers who were relatives of the victims but not their parents jumped 42.11 percent to 459.
Sun family friend arrives
A descendant of a close friend of Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), the Republic of China’s founding father, will arrive in Taiwan today for a four-day visit, sources from the East Asia Relations Commission said. Sources said Ayano Kosaka, the great-granddaughter of Umeya Shokichi (1868-1934), who forged close relations with Sun and provided generous funding for the latter’s attempted revolts against the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century, will visit historic places related to Sun. She will visit the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial House, the Presidential Office, the Taipei Guest House, the National Palace Museum and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Former medalist bailed
Tsai Pai-sheng (蔡白生), a former Asian Games shooting silver medalist, was released on bail on Friday night after being detained on suspicion of embezzling funds from the Taipei City Government’s Shooting Association. Tsai, currently a vice president of the Republic of China Shooting Association, is suspected of embezzling NT$60 million (US$2 million) during his term as director of the association. He was released on NT$100,000 bail, with his wife also released on the same bail amount on suspicion of involvement in the embezzlement allegations. Tsai, 75, won the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games shooting silver medal. Taipei prosecutors said they suspected that Tsai, during his stint at the city’s shooting association between 2003 and 2007, forged accounts and embezzled public funds. When Tsai left the city’s shooting association and established a private shooting association in 2007, he left only NT$9 in the account of the city association, prosecutors said.
Graduates not finding work
Despite a recent drop in the unemployment rate, a high percentage of new graduates have not found their first full-time jobs, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by an online employment broker. The survey by 1111 Job Bank found that 33.8 percent of university graduates last summer remained jobless six month after graduation. The ratio was higher than the 23.5 percent recorded at the same time last year, but lower than the 45 percent in 2008 — when the global financial crisis erupted. This indicates that this year’s graduates have not benefited from the employment promotion measures launched by the government last year, the employment broker said.