Pan An-pang passes away
Taiwanese singer Pan An-pang (潘安邦), known for his song Grandma’s Penghu Bay (外婆的澎湖灣), died on Sunday of kidney cancer at the age of 51. Pan, who was born in Penghu, began his singing career in 1979. Pan’s hit songs include Country Road (鄉間的小路), Sunshine and Rain (光和小雨) and Errant Love (聚散倆依依). Pan was also well-known in China and once performed Grandma’s Penghu Bay at China Central Television’s New Year’s Gala. He is survived by his wife and son.
US charity praises Taiwan
Food for the Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the US, on Saturday praised Taiwan for its efforts to provide foreign aid. At a fundraiser held in Florida to mark the organization’s 31st anniversary, Food for the Poor president and chief executive officer Robin Mahfood praised the nation for its participation in a program to supply rice and provide technical agricultural assistance to Haiti. Mahfood also expressed his appreciation to Taiwan’s representative office in Miami for supporting fundraising events over the past three years to help with Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction. Mahfood later presented a citation to Mou Hua-wei (牟華偉), director of the Miami office, in honor of his work in promoting humanitarian diplomacy. The government has engaged in several projects with Food for the Poor in Central America in recent years, including promoting computer education and aquaculture and providing emergency food supplies. During a visit to Haiti in August 2010, first lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) joined Mahfood in distributing rice to victims of the earthquake.