Many children miss lunch
A survey by the Children’s Welfare League Foundation showed that as many as 22 percent of third through sixth graders from economically disadvantaged families might not regularly have lunch during summer vacations, when there is no school lunch program. The organization surveyed disadvantaged children in 168 elementary schools that the foundation serves across the country. Asked why they would not have lunch, 28.8 percent of the children said that no one would prepare lunch for them, while 21.6 percent said they did not have enough money to buy lunch every day. To provide regular meals to these children, the foundation has launched a summer lunch program that will serve 1,500 children across the country, and asked the public to join the program by making donations. Details about the summer lunch program are available at bee.children.org.tw.
Fisherman tried for murder
A Chinese fisherman who is suspected of killing the Taiwanese skipper, surnamed Chen (陳), of the Fusheng No. 11, a Republic of China-flagged tuna fishing boat, in waters off South Africa was brought to Taiwan to stand trial yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Ministry spokesperson James Chang (章計平) said on Sunday that the captain was feared to have been thrown overboard by his Chinese crew. Coast Guard Administration personnel were dispatched to investigate the case in the seas off South Africa after the government learned of the incident, which occurred on June 3, the ministry said. It said it had solid evidence and that the fisherman, surnamed Li (李), had confessed, telling investigators that he had used a knife to stab Chen before throwing his body overboard.