Reminder on donations
Tax authorities warned that while political donations are tax deductible, there are legal limits on the total amount of contributions that can be made by individuals and households. The maximum contribution that can be made to one political candidate by an individual cannot exceed NT$100,000 (US$3,300) a year, the Taipei National Tax Administration said. The total amount of political contributions made by a household to any political parties and candidates cannot exceed NT$200,000 or 20 percent of the taxable income of the whole family for the year. Political parties and candidates are prohibited by law from accepting contributions from individuals who are not eligible to vote, such as Taiwanese under the age of 20, those who have been deprived of their civil rights as well as foreign nationals.
Banciao sees winter record
The temperature in Banciao District (板橋), New Taipei City (新北市), rose to 31.2°C yesterday, a record winter high for that area, the Central Weather Bureau said. Temperatures in northern Taiwan climbed rapidly before noon as a cloud system from the south, which brought rain to Yilan and the mountainous areas of Hualien on Tuesday, moved away from the nation, the bureau said. The previous record in Banciao was 29.4°C set on Dec. 5, 2002, the bureau said. Meanwhile, Taipei recorded its seventh-highest winter temperature ever — 30.4°C at 11:50am. The warmest winter day in Taipei’s recorded history was Dec. 22, 1934, when the temperature was 31.5°C. However, the warm weather was forecast to last only for half a day since a cold front was expected to arrive last night. Rain and temperatures of less than 20°C were forecast for last night and temperatures are expected to drop to about 10°C this weekend, the bureau said.
Organ donor meets sister
The first death-row inmate in the nation to make a live organ donation met his sister yesterday, one week after the transplant procedure that gave the sister a new lease on life. Cheng Chin-wen (鄭金文) appeared agitated during a 40-minute meeting with his sister at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, said Yeh Pi-jen (葉碧仁), deputy director of the Taipei Detention Center. “The sister encouraged her little brother to write down his life story so that people can learn from his mistakes,” he said. Cheng was discharged from the hospital and returned to prison after the meeting. Both Cheng and his sister are recovering well, said Chen Kuo-hsin (陳國鋅), the surgeon who supervised the transplant. The Supreme Court finalized Cheng’s death sentence in June for murdering two debt collectors and burying their bodies in the woods in Keelung in 2004. His sister had been undergoing daily dialysis treatment before the transplant.
Artists headed for France
A delegation of 20 Taiwanese comic artists will take part in an exhibition at the 39th Angouleme International Comics Festival scheduled for Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, the nation’s representative office in France said. The Taiwanese exhibition will include works dating back to the 1950s, and it will be showcased under the theme “Ocean of Comics,” it said. The festival, the largest of its kind in Europe, attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. According to event organizers, comics fans in France have shown great interest in foreign comics. Of the 5,000 comics published in France each year, 2,000 are translated works.