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.
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.
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.
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.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up