Marines not at risk: Ma
The Republic of China (ROC) Marine Corps and Military Police Corps will not be disbanded as the nation moves to downsize its defense personnel, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday. The commander-in-chief of the armed forces pledged at the 90th anniversary of the ROC Military Academy that the two units will remain in service amid speculation that they could be scrapped as the nation reduces its armed forces from the current 215,000 soldiers to fewer than 190,000. The nation needs to maintain a certain level of defense even as it downsizes the military, the president said at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Under the five-year restructuring program, the military is to make structural adjustments each year through 2019, in keeping with the global downsizing trend.
Measles cases hit 15: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the 15th case of measles in Taiwan this year, the 13th imported case thus far. The CDC cautioned travelers to high-risk areas to mind personal hygiene after the latest infection, found in a 38-year-old Taiwanese man who returned from China on May 16. None of the 194 people who have been in contact with the man have developed measles symptoms, the CDC said, adding that it will continue monitoring those individuals until June 11. The agency urged vigilance amid a higher rate of measles infections in neighboring countries than in previous years. For instance, China reported 25,114 measles cases during the first four months of the year — a 92.9 percent increase from last year.
College sex blows: survey
More than 40 percent of Taiwanese college students — male and female — have regretted decisions to have sex, a survey released yesterday said. Among the 2,054 college students who responded to the poll conducted by the Taiwan Association for Sexuality Education, 44.1 percent of men and 30 percent of women said they have engaged in heterosexual sex. Despite the apparent gap, 45 percent of male respondents and 43 percent of female respondents said they have regretted it after hooking up, association secretary-general Ferng Jia-yuh said. Meanwhile, just 30 percent of men and 28 percent of women said they or their partners use condoms. More than 50 percent of men and 23 percent of women in the survey said they have had at least one one-night stand.
Red pandas arrive at zoo
Three red pandas from China’s Fujian Province arrived in Taipei on Friday and are expected to make their public debut in July at the earliest, after quarantine, the Taipei Zoo said. The animals — bred by a research center in Fujian — have been given to the zoo to promote cross-strait cooperation in breeding and help Taiwanese understand China’s efforts in wildlife protection, the center said, adding that the the move is also part of a series of measures to further improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. In the prime of their lives, Huan Huan (歡歡), 7, is the only male, and arrived with Mei Ko (美可), 6, and Ya Ya (丫丫), 4. Red pandas, or Ailurus fulgens, are similar in shape to raccoons and have mostly dark brown fur. The red panda is a second-class protected species in China. It is endemic to southern China, the temperate forests of the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Laos and Myanmar.