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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA


TV presentations on Dec. 23

The first televised campaign platform presentation for the nation’s presidential candidates will be held on Dec. 23, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said. The commission said there would be three TV platform presentations for the presidential candidates — scheduled also for Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 — and one for the vice presidential candidates, to be held on Jan. 2. It said that previously the TV platform presentations were given on Saturday afternoon and the ratings were low. The low ratings and the fact that weekends are usually when candidates are at their busiest campaigning prompted the CEC to reschedule the presidential candidates’ TV presentations for Friday night and the vice presidential candidates’ TV presentation for Monday night.


Students’ house set on fire

Narromine Mayor Bill McAnally appealed for calm yesterday in the town in New South Wales, Australia, after a house where three Taiwanese students live was damaged in a blaze allegedly started by residents angry over the death of an alleged intruder, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported yesterday. The alleged intruder, named in media reports as Tony Prince, a 29-year-old Aborigine, died after the three occupants of the house restrained him on Wednesday. “No one was in the house at the time of the fire, but police say the circumstances are suspicious and that it may have been a reprisal for the death of the man,” AAP reported. According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, an autopsy done on the ill-fated burglar found that he died of causes unrelated to injuries he sustained during the burglary attempt, and the Taiwanese men were allowed to go free.


Working holidays continue

Two hundred Taiwanese young people will be able to work while traveling in Germany as its working holiday program with Taiwan enters its second year, providing opportunities to the same number of participants as the first year, the German Institute Taipei said. The Institute said the program, which started on Oct. 11 last year, offers 200 Taiwanese aged 18 to 30 a chance to stay up to one year in Germany for work, short-term study or tourism. The second year’s program starts this month. German Institute Taipei director--general Michael Zickerick said it approved more than 150 applications last year, showing that many Taiwanese youth use the program to explore his country.


New orchid breeds unveiled

Taiwan officially introduced two newly developed breeds of Oncidium orchids to the world at the International Flower Expo Tokyo on Thursday, drawing the attention of Japanese and international buyers. The yellowish “Baby Face” orchid and “Snow White,” which reflects its name, were the centerpiece of the Taiwan pavilion at the largest flower and horticultural trade show in Asia, which ran from Thursday to yesterday. Chinese Development Association of Oncidium Production and Marketing secretary-general Tseng Ming-chin (曾明進) said that “Baby Face” was developed from “Gower Ramsey,” one of the most popular Taiwan-grown Oncidium orchids on the Japanese market. It was named after its round-shape, he said. “Snow White,” bred by the Floriculture Research Center of Taiwan’s state-run Agricultural Research Institute, is one of Taiwan’s top selling Oncidium orchids in Japan, he added.

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