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In Brief

DPP's Hsieh seeks bigger sports budget
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential candidate Frank Hsieh said yesterday that Taiwan's sports budget should account for one percent of Taiwan's general budget so as to create more sports talents and to hold international competitions to demonstrate Taiwan's national power.
According to Hsieh, the annual budget for the Sports Affairs Council should be increased to NT$16 billion from the current NT$2.6 billion. Hsieh said although the funding is not the only way to make advancements in sports education, without financial support from the government and private enterprises, sports education can never be improved.
Recycling success
Taichung city government's Environmental Protection Bureau hosted a seminar yesterday exhibiting the fruits of its recycling efforts for which the central Taiwan city has been ranked tops in the nation for two consecutive years.
According to Taichung City Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi, the city government was cited in 2005 and 2006 by the Environmental Protection Administration as being the best in the country in terms of resource recycling.
In November of this year, 42 percent of the city's waste resources and 12 percent of its kitchen scraps were recycled, Hsiao pointed out, adding that the amount of garbage produced by households was down by 54 percent on average year on year.
SEF warning
The quasi-official intermediary Straits Exchange Foundation is slated to release a new book today aimed at serving as a reminder to Taiwan businesspeople and companies of the risks involved in investing in or doing business in China.
The new book, titled "Heading for China - Previous Follies That You Can't Afford to Ignore, " is a collection of 36 failed investment cases in China involving Taiwan businesspeople or companies over the past 20 years.
SEF Chairman Hung Chi-chang said the book is mainly aimed at reminding Taiwan businesspeople that they should learn more about China's laws and practices and assess the various risks before investing in that country.
"Library on wheels"
A pediatric cardiac surgeon in the eastern county of Hualien is soliciting donations for the building of a new "library on wheels" to allow poor aboriginal children living in remote areas to have access to more books.
Dr. Chen Li-yun, herself a mother of three, built her first library on wheels - using a 20-foot container mounted on a leased trailer - four years ago. The mobile library was recently closed down due to a lack of funds for maintenance.


Updated : 2021-05-17 22:21 GMT+08:00