Dead man charged with DUI
A 62-year-old man who was legally declared to have died in 1988 was arrested last year for riding a motorcycle while drunk, police and court officials said yesterday. A ruling published by the Kaohsiung District Court said the man, surnamed Hsueh (薛), disappeared from his home in February 1981. In 1996, his family asked the court to certify him officially dead as of February 1988, which the court granted. The ruling said the man was detained on June 25 last year. Police found that according to public records, he was officially dead. In the meantime, prosecutors applied on the man’s behalf to revoke the declaration of his “death.” According to court officials, Hsueh’s elder sister and other family members sought the court-approved declaration of death to claim their inheritance.
Hau touts flora expo success
The Taipei International Flora Expo created nearly NT$30 billion (US$1.05 billion) in net benefits, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday. Hau was reporting to the Taipei City Council on the expo, which attracted nearly 9 million visitors between Nov. 6 last year and April 25. Hau said the flora expo created NT$43.068 billion in economic benefits, including NT$13.591 billion from the government and private sector, operational benefits of NT$17.678 billion and NT$11.799 billion in terms of the stimulus effect on other sectors. The mayor said operational benefits referred to the amount spent by visitors on transportation, food, accommodation, entertainment and shopping in Taipei. The city calculated that expo visitors spent about NT$17.678 billion in total, with foreign nationals spending about NT$3.714 billion and domestic visitors about NT$13.964 billion, he said.
Nuclear drill planned
A closed-door meeting in preparation for a nuclear emergency drill scheduled for the middle of this month was held at the Atomic Energy Council yesterday afternoon. The meeting was attended by various agencies from the central government as well as New Taipei City (新北市). The 17th nuclear drill will be different from previous ones, Atomic Energy Council Minister Tsai Chuen-horng (蔡春鴻) said. “The scenario is different; we will refer to the case of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant ... The incident there was a compounded disaster that included an earthquake, a tsunami and a radiation leak,” Tsai said. “This will be the first nuclear drill to simultaneously take into account both a nuclear crisis and natural disasters.”
Siew to visit allies
Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) will today embark on a trip to two diplomatic allies in Latin America, a Presidential Office source said yesterday. Siew and his 40-member delegation are expected to make a stopover in Los Angeles before heading to Paraguay, the nation’s only official ally in South America. Siew is scheduled to attend celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Paraguay’s independence in Asuncion on Sunday on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). He will also meet with Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo and he and his delegation will attend a state banquet in their honor hosted by Paraguayan Vice President Federico Franco. In addition, Siew and Paraguayan officials will jointly officiate a ceremony marking the issuance of a set of commemorative postage stamps celebrating Paraguay’s bicentennial and the centennial of the Republic of China. From Paraguay, Siew and his delegation will travel to Panama.