Students set for US trip
Twelve students are set to depart for the US next week, where they are set to interact with their US counterparts and discuss the science of coral reefs. The “coral reef ambassadors” and their 13 chaperones were chosen by the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Pingtung County to represent Taiwan. They are set to visit San Diego, California, from Jan. 17 to Jan. 29. Teachers and students said they hope the visit will equip the young ambassadors with knowledge of different cultures and inspire them to boost awareness of marine conservation in the future. This is the second year the museum has been selected under the Museums Connect grant program, an international collaboration scheme administered by the American Alliance of Museums.
Condoms, tampons going online
Taipei-based shopping Web sites will be able to sell condoms, tampons and body fat monitors online for the first time by the end of the week following revisions to national regulations, Taipei Food and Drug Office official Chiu Hsiu-yi (邱秀儀) said yesterday. Changes were announced by the Ministry of Health and Welfare to the Classification and Registration Requirements of Mail-Order Purchase for Medical Devices (藥商得於郵購買賣通路販賣之醫療器材及應行登記事項) on Thursday last week. The new regulations allow pharmacists to sell the items, classified as class II medical devices, online and via mail-order. Online shopping sites said they are waiting for the green light after sending in their applications to the Taipei City Government following the announcement.