Over a million citizens yet to get new ID card
With the year-end deadline for getting new identification cards just on the corner, more than a million citizens have yet to apply for their new cards, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday.
Citing ministry statistics, the spokesman said that about 92.5 percent of ID card holders had renewed their cards, with 1.39 million people having yet to do so as of December 26.
From the beginning of next year, the old ID cards will officially pass into history and will no longer serve as a personal identity document for a wide range of affairs, such as buying air tickets, taking examinations, voting and applying for bank loans or driving licenses.
Household registration affairs officials at local governments around Taiwan will not work overtime to handle citizens' applications for a new ID card from January 1 and the public should use the last few days to have their ID cards renewed to protect their own interests, he warned.
The National Taipei University of Education signed an agreement with the Penghu County Government yesterday to jointly establish a creative center that will help the county make use of its marine resources and promote local tourism.
The accord was inked by NTUE President Chuang Chi-min and Penghu County Magistrate Wang Chien-fa. The university will map out short-, medium- and long-term plans to integrate Penghu county's resources in the fields of education, art, technology and tourism in hopes of creating opportunities.
Taiwan in spotlight
NEW YORK, New Yokr
Starting with public television stations in Miami and neighboring regions, some 400 public television stations will be showing two 30-minute programs featuring Taiwan's scenic spots and unique cuisine, as recommended by well-known Taiwanese residing in the United States - such as Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming.
The Taiwan travel features are part of TV producer Burt Wolf's "Travels and Traditions" series. Impressed by the people and culture when he visited Taiwan 15 years ago, Wolf has made constant visits over the past years, and produced TV features on Taiwan and the city of Taipei two years ago.
Dredging has been going on at reservoirs around Taiwan to help water providers maintain normal operations and rack up greater revenues, a spokesman for the Taiwan Provincial Water Company said yesterday.
Dredging is vital in making sure that reservoirs continue operating smoothly, as it is difficult to find new places suitable for building new reservoirs in Taiwan, he said.