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JUDICIARY

Nominee task force approved

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday agreed to establish an ad hoc task force to help him nominate four grand judges whose terms will expire at the end of September. The Presidential Office said in a statement that Ma approved the establishment of the screening committee yesterday. The seven-person task force will be led by Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長). Former Judicial Yuan presidents Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) and Lai In-jaw (賴英照) will serve as his deputies. At present, there are 15 grand justices. All nominations must be approved by the legislature.

POLITICS

WTC to hold convention

The World Taiwanese Congress (WTC) is scheduled to hold its 10th annual convention in Taipei on March 19, under the theme “Insisting on Taiwan Nation Building, Expanding International Space.” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) are expected to deliver speeches at the opening ceremony. The event will also feature two keynote speakers — Don Rodgers, chair of the political science department at Austin College in Texas, and Sakurai Yoshiko, a Japanese political commentator. Their presentations will be followed by two panel discussions. Past speakers at the event include US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and other US academics and officials. The event will be held at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center. People interested in attending the free event can register with Ms Liu at (02) 2321-7398.

EDUCATION

Academic to receive award

Former National Tsing Hua University president Chen Wen-Tsuen (陳文村) has been named for an education award from a global organization of computer professionals, the university said yesterday. The information and communications technology (ICT) scientist has become the first Taiwanese to be granted the Taylor L. Booth Education Award by the IEEE Computer Society. Chen will receive a bronze medal and an honorarium of US$5,000 at the award ceremony in the US in May. Chen, 62, earned the award “for contributions to computer science education in Taiwan and worldwide, and for promoting computer networking education at all levels,” the IEEE Web site said. In 1982, he designed the Taiwan Academic Network, the first of its kind in Taiwan, paving the way for its public and commercial Internet use, the IEEE said. It also said Chen had also made a great contribution to the popularization of ICT education in schools nationwide.

CRIME

Jason Hu vows ‘action’

Following a shooting resulting in the injury of two college students on Tuesday, Greater Taichung Mayor -Jason Hu (胡志強) went on the offensive yesterday, saying: “Now is the time for action, not declarations.” DPP city councilors have asked that Hu apologize for what they claimed was deteriorating public order. “From the Weng Chi-nan (翁奇楠) case to shooting on the streets, Taichung’s public order is deteriorating rapidly,” DPP Greater Taichung Councilor Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華) said. Weng was gunned down in May last year at his office while playing mahjong with police officers. In his policy address, Hu said that of the reported 14 shootings nationwide this year, Taichung only claimed one.

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