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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

EDUCATION

EU education fair opens

The annual European Education Fair Taiwan (EEFT) opened yesterday in Taipei, offering visitors an opportunity to learn more about educational opportunities in Europe. The two-day event incorporates 115 universities and colleges from 12 European countries. “Europe is wide open to Taiwanese students and ready to welcome them with its best universities, business and engineering schools,” Bureau Francais de Taipei director Patrick Bonneville said. Among the countries involved, the UK has the largest contingent, with 60 participating institutions, while Denmark is a first-time exhibitor. The fair also features an arts and design corner illustrating various studies that have been undertaken by Taiwanese students in the UK. The EEFT will also take place in Greater Kaohsiung on Tuesday.

ENVIRONMENT

Bureau donates for cats

Th Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau on Friday donated US$10,000 to the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature Cat Specialist Group, which will be channeled into conservation projects for small cat species in Southeast Asia. Taiwan has been sponsoring the cat specialist group since 2006 through various projects and publications, such as a feline digital library, a special issue of the organization’s magazine Cats of the World and a project to produce educational material on the conservation of wild cats. The donations show Taiwan’s active participation in international organizations and fulfill its obligations to the international community, officials of the Taipei Cultural and Economic Delegation in Switzerland said.

CRIME

Prosecutor charged with graft

A Chiayi prosecutor was arrested yesterday on suspicion of taking bribes from hot spring resorts. Chou Chih-jung (周志榮), head of the Ministry of Justice’s Agency Against Corruption, on Friday morning led investigators to search Prosecutor Chan Chao-shu’s (詹昭書) office and his residence in Chiayi, as well as houses belonging to Chan’s family in Hsinchu City and New Taipei City (新北市). Chan was detained yesterday following an interrogation in which he remained silent the whole time and all questions were answered by Chan’s attorneys, Chou said. The agency said Hsinchu hot spring resorts had complained about resorts constructed in a reserved mountainside area that pumped spring water without licenses. Chan, then a Hsinchu prosecutor tasked with conservation matters, conspired with spring resorts’ runners to cover their abuse of reserved lands, the agency alleges. The agency said Chan took bribes of about NT$1 million (US$30,000) and received two cars and one motorcycle as gifts from hot spring resort operators.

CRIME

Alleged gangsters extradited

Four Taiwanese who were allegedly involved in illegal gambling and organized crime have been sent back to Taiwan, the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines said yesterday. According to the bureau, the four suspects, identified only by their surnames, Chang (張), Yeh (葉), Chen (陳) and Wu (吳), were arrested on Sept. 27 during a raid on a group involved in telecommunications fraud in the Philippines. The Philippine authorities then contacted representatives of Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau, which found that the four were wanted in Taiwan for involvement in other cases. The four suspects have been included on Philippines’ blacklist and are banned from enteringthe country again, authorities said.

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