DPP election set for May 27
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday it would hold an election for chairperson on May 27. DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) said party members who are interested in the post can expect to register starting late next month or early April, and that about 150,000 members will vote on May 27. The party will hold at least one televised presentation for the candidates, Hung said. Outgoing Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won 57.14 percent of votes in the 2008 chairperson election. In 2010 she was re-elected with 90.29 percent of the votes. Tsai resigned the chairpersonship after she lost the presidential election to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Jan. 14. Tsai is scheduled to leave office at the end of this month. The party will choose an acting chairperson to stand in until a new chairperson is elected.
Guide says thanks with java
A tour guide from Changhua County purchased 500 cups of coffee from a convenience store in the east of the country on Thursday to thank the store clerks for returning the purse she left behind. The woman, identified by her surname Yeh (葉), took a group of tourists to Hualien on Jan. 20. She accidentally left her purse behind — which contained a wallet with more than NT$10,000 in cash, her ID and credit cards — while waiting for a tourist who was using the restroom. The clerks handed the purse to a local police officer surnamed Hsieh (謝), who managed to track Yeh down. Hsieh originally intended to deliver the purse to Yeh when he returned home to Greater Taichung for the Lunar New Year, but Yeh asked a friend to retrieve the purse on her behalf to avoid troubling Hsieh. Yeh decided to celebrate her birthday on Thursday by buying 500 cups of coffee, worth about NT$20,000, for those who helped her find the purse and residents in the neighborhood.
Director wins award
A Taiwanese director has won the top prize at the Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival, pocketing about US$5,000 in prize money. Hsieh Chun-yi (謝駿毅), a graduate film student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore, won with his film Braid (辮子) on Thursday. The film, which depicts the hardships of a single father trying to raise his young daughter, also won the Student Project Award at the festival, said the organizer of the event.