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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with Agencies

SOCIETY

Dapeng Bay to host regatta

Taiwan will hold its largest international sailing regatta in Pingtung County’s Dapeng Bay (大鵬灣) at the end of this month as the nation attempts to promote itself as a destination for sailing enthusiasts. Organizers said yesterday that the regatta, which runs from May 28 to May 30, is expected to draw more than 400 sailors from six countries, including Japan, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. The highlight will be local and international keelboat groups competing in a long-distance race from Greater Kaohsiung to Dapeng Bay on the first and final days. Short-distance races and other activities, such as canoeing and windsurfing, will be available to the public, Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君) said. Hsieh said the regatta, along with a recently inaugurated movable bridge and the ongoing Bluefin Tuna Cultural Festival, would help develop the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area into a tourist destination.

HEALTH

Wash hands well: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reminded the public to use enough water to wash their hands, even though water rationing had been imposed in parts of the country and would likely be expanded. Deputy Director Chou Chih-hao (周志浩) said people should pay attention to personal hygiene to reduce their chances of contracting gastrointestinal diseases and vector-borne illnesses. “The number of people suffering from gastrointestinal infections usually rises during water shortages because most people try to save water by not washing their hands thoroughly,” Chou said, adding that such behavior creates a favorable environment for diseases like cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, hepatitis A and hepatitis E. If water is not available before meals and after using the toilet, the center recommends using hand sanitizers. The center also advised that “when storing water, put a cover over the container to stop mosquitoes from breeding.”

DIPLOMACY

Protest made to Vietnam

The government yesterday lodged a protest with Vietnam for labeling the nation a Chinese province in some official documents. The protest followed a claim by an opposition lawmaker that Vietnam refers to Taiwan as a “province of China” on temporary residence cards it issues to Taiwanese businesspeople. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it had formally expressed its concerns. “We hope the Vietnamese side will rectify it soon,” it said. The Vietnamese government was not immediately available for comment.

ENVIRONMENT

Recycling proves valuable

Products made from recycled furniture, such as wooden benches and treasure pots, created a sales value of more than NT$20 million (US$690,000) last year, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said. Under the agency’s furniture recycling service, which was launched in 2003, nine cities have facilities for fixing, reproducing and selling furniture, while 18 others have furniture repair factories, the EPA said. Chen Hsien-heng (陳咸亨), head of an EPA inspection team, said the program produced 35,518 pieces of recycled furniture last year and the profits all went to local governments. The EPA said it provides products made under the program free of cost to disadvantaged families and charity groups nationwide. People who want to learn how to repair furniture can visit the EPA’s Web site or its service centers in Greater Taichung and Tainan, the agency said.

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