Disabled claims increase
More than 1 million people — 1,093,219 — applied for physically or mentally disabled identification booklets between January and September this year, marking an increase of 2.07 percent compared with the same period last year, the latest Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. Officials said that the total subsidy allocation provided for certificate holders during the period increased by 5.83 percent, rising to NT$17.02 billion (US$560 million). About 4.71 percent of the population is disabled, the ministry said. Among the available allowances, most disabled people applied for living assistance, followed by subsidies for nursing and home care expenses and auxiliary appliance assistance, it said.
Olympian fights for hall
Former Olympic bronze medalist Chi Cheng (紀政) said yesterday that she will continue a bid to build a memorial hall in honor of Yang Chuan-kuang (楊傳廣), a silver medalist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, to pay tribute to his contribution to the nation’s sporting culture. Yang, known as the “Iron Man of Asia,” was an Olympic decathlete who represented the nation in 1960. He was also an Aboriginal icon. At the time, the government built him a two-story house in his hometown in Taitung County. The colors of the five Olympic rings painted on the outside wall of the house have lost their radiance, said Chi, adding: “How is it possible that a house looking like this will allow people to feel his greatness?” Saying that while Taiwanese athletes have won Olympic medals since Yang’s accomplishment in 1960, not a single Taiwanese athlete has claimed another decathlon medal, Chi said. Yang died of a stroke in 2007.