Coast guard escorts boat
The Yu Fu Chuen No. 1 fishing boat returned to Kaohsiung Port under coast guard escort yesterday after the captain called for help, saying he was being threatened by one of his crewmembers. The fisherman’s association in Donggang (東港), Pingtung County, where the boat is registered, said it received a call on Wednesday last week from the captain, surnamed Tsai (蔡), who reported that one of his Philippine crewmembers had threatened to kill him. Tsai said the threat was made after he intervened in a quarrel between two of the seven crewmembers, all Philippine nationals. The vessel was located at about 17o N, 127o E in Philippine waters at the time, Tsai said. The Coast Guard Administration said it dispatched a vessel that reached the fishing boat on Thursday night and found that Tsai had locked himself in the cabin after the incident. The coast guard escorted the boat back to Taiwan after apprehending the crewman.
More dragon babies born
The number of babies born in the first quarter of this year, the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, increased by 17 percent compared with the same period last year, the Ministry of the Interior said. During the first three months, 52,079 babies were born, with the birthrate reaching nine births per 1,000 people, about the same level as in 2005, ministry statistics showed. Over the past decade, the nation’s birthrate has plummeted to the lowest in the world. In 2003, the birthrate was 1.23 births per woman, with the figure dropping to 0.89 in 2010, the lowest in the world. Ministry statistics showed that during the first quarter, 50,184 babies, or 96.36 percent of the total number of newborns, were born to married couples and 1,891 babies, or 3.63 percent, were born to unmarried parents.
Pageant to fine bad girls
Amid a recent surge in reports over celebrities having extramarital affairs, the host organization of this year’s Miss Globalcity Taiwan Pageant took measures to prevent any of its contestants from becoming a “home wrecker.” Globalcity Pageant Association, which is currently taking in applications from young women nationwide, is demanding aspirants to sign an affidavit declaring that they would refuse to take part in an extramarital affair. Meanwhile, the association has also applied for “relationship harassment insurance” for all of its contestants. If a contestant is found to have engaged in an extramarital affair, the insurance company will have to pay compensation to the association.
Japan to honor Taiwanese
Four Taiwanese will be decorated with honors by the Japanese government on May 8 at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan’s representative office in Taiwan said yesterday. Evergreen Group chairman Chang Yung-fa (張榮發) and Chinatrust Financial Holding Co chairman Jeffrey Koo (辜濂松) will be decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for their contribution to Japan-Taiwan relations. Tsai Hsueh-ni (蔡雪泥), president of the Sino-Ryukyuan Cultural and Economic Association, will be decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette and Pu Wu-hsiung (蒲武雄), a former employee of the Japanese representative office in Taiwan, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays medal.