Ma gives Siew a medal
Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) yesterday received a medal in honor of his long-term dedication in serving the nation as he prepares to leave his post on May 20. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) presented Siew with the Chungcheng Medal (中正勳章) at the Presidential Office for his achievements and contribution to the country. “It is the greatest honor to receive the medal today, and this honor marks the perfect end for my 50-year career as a public servant … I will continue to pay close attention to national policy as a personal friend of President Ma in the future,” Siew said. Siew will step down on May 20, the day vice president-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is inaugurated.
New call for A-bian parole
Chen Chu (陳菊), the interim chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party, yesterday again urged the government to grant jailed ex-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) parole for medical treatment. The Ministry of Justice has rejected proposals from the former president’s supporters to either grant him medical parole or transfer him to a special prison hospital ward, arguing that his heart condition has stabilized. However, Chen Chu called on the government to grant the former leader medical parole “soonest,” citing concerns voiced by several doctors who recently visited him in prison. “The doctors said that former president Chen did not receive proper treatment and that his condition is very serious,” she said in a statement.
UK to give Olympic tips
London will share its experience of hosting the Olympic Games with Taiwan to help Taipei host a successful international sporting event in 2017, British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei Director David Campbell said yesterday. “We will be sharing our experience of the London Games, so that we could work very closely with Taiwan in helping you have a very successful event in 2017,” Campbell said on the sidelines of an exhibition in Taipei showcasing the London Olympics. In November last year, Taipei won the bid to host the 2017 Summer Universiade, an Olympic-like international sports event for university athletes.
Working moms have regrets
Approximately 20 percent of working mothers regret having children after experiencing the challenges of motherhood, according to the results of a survey released yesterday ahead of Mother’s Day. If they could go back and make a new choice, they would not have any children, 19.52 percent of respondents said, citing heavy burdens and difficulties involved in child-rearing. In the 1111 Job Bank poll, 41.98 percent of respondents said they would still choose to have children, but not until they were well-prepared psychologically and financially. Another 38.5 percent said they would make the same choice because having children was part of their life plan. The survey was conducted on 756 working mothers from April 24 to May 8.