Taiwan News Quick Take


Tue, Mar 09, 2010 - Page 3


CCW impartiality questioned

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) yesterday questioned the impartiality of a legislative watchdog after he failed to receive a good review because of an extramarital affair. Wu told reporters at the legislature that Citizen Congress Watch’s (CCW) credibility was questionable, as it gave Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) a great review despite Gao being involved in a corruption case. Nevertheless, Wu vowed to be humble, saying he would improve his behavior. Wu failed to make it into the organization’s list of top lawmakers for the fall legislative session even though he did receive a good review from the group in the first and third legislative sessions of the seventh legislature. CCW chairman Ku Chung-hua (顧忠華) told a press conference on Sunday that the watchdog’s evaluators — more than 200 ordinary citizens and civic group representatives — gave Wu a poor review because of the affair. Wu admitted on Nov. 13 to having an affair after he was caught on camera going to a motel in Dazhi (大直), Taipei City, on Nov. 11. CCW gave 10 DPP legislators and 14 KMT lawmakers great reviews, but placed 17 KMT legislators, three DPP legislators and two Non-Partisan Solidarity Union on its watch list.


Reduction target readjusted

The Executive Yuan recently readjusted the nation’s target for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, aiming to reduce emissions to 2005 levels by 2020 — a reduction of 210 million tonnes, or 45 percent, in 10 years, a Cabinet official said on condition of anonymity yesterday. He said the target was twice as high as the target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 87 million tonnes for the period announced by the Executive Yuan in January. The government has yet to decide whether to register its reduction target with the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as Taiwan is not one of the 36 Annex I countries under the UNFCCC. He said the government vowed to increase energy efficiency by more than 2 percent every year and to reduce energy intensity by 20 percent within the next eight years.


Lottery problems reviewed

Sports Affairs Council Minister Tai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡) said yesterday the council would resolve problems surrounding sports lotteries within two months. “The Administrative Procedure Act (行政程序法) dictates that we address the issue within two months after receiving the request,” Tai said, adding that the council received formal notification from Taipei Fubon Bank on Feb. 8. Sports lottery sales would continue in the meanwhile, Tai said. Before the Lunar New Year holiday, Fubon asked to reduce the profits it is required to pay to the government because sales were lower than expected.


Bocelli coming to Taipei

Award-winning tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform in a concert at Taipei Arena on May 6, an organizer said yesterday, adding that he would be accompanied by a local orchestra. Management of New Arts head Niu Hsiao-hwa (牛效華) said the choice of orchestra and the repertoire would be announced at the end of the month. The orchestra is also expected to play with Bocelli in a May 4 concert in Hong Kong. “Bocelli was impressed by Taichung during a visit he made in 2008 and is pleased to make his Taipei debut this time around,” Niu said.