Gou to put 100m shares in trust
Terry Gou, Taiwan's second-richest man, is placing shares in Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. worth about NT$20 billion (US$615 million) at Friday's close in a trust, according to a stock exchange filing.
The 100 million shares in Hon Hai, or about 12 percent of Gou's stake in the electronics manufacturer, will be put in an account at Chinatrust Commercial Bank, according to a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange Friday.
First lady Wu Shu-jen was admitted to the National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday suffering from pneumonia, a Presidential Office official said later that day.
Lee Nan-yang, director of the Department of Public Affairs, said that physicians attending her at the presidential official resident suggested that she be admitted.
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had noted while stumping for legislative candidates of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party earlier the same day that his wife was not well and had developed a mild fever.
All a mistake
National Taiwan University officials said yesterday that an incident in which guest researcher Gallet Sylvain was questioned by the police about a parcel he received from his parents in France and which police suspected of containing hemp seeds was "a misunderstanding."
"Everyone of the Department of Geosciences thinks the whole thing could be just a misunderstanding, " NTU Secretary-General Fu Li-chen said, adding that Sylvain, who has been a researcher in the department for four years, lives a simple life and has a clean record.
Keelung City Police and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau took him to a police station for questioning over the parcel Thursday.
Sylvain, who was released after being questioned by the Taipei Prosecutors Office, said the package actually contained lentils sent by his parents from France.
Fines are to be substantially increased from January 1 for littering recyclable material and garbage bags, the Taipei city government's Department of Environmental Protection announced yesterday.
In order to cut down on such littering, as well as penalizing those who do not use officially issued garbage bags, the TDEP will increase the fines for daytime violations from between twice to five times the present fine of NT$1,200, while nighttime violations from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. will land fines of up to NT$6,000.
Peace ambassadors certified in Taipei
More than 140 representatives of various fields in Taipei city and county received certificates at a ceremony at National Taiwan University in Taipei yesterday allowing them to serve as "ambassadors for peace."
The certification was part of a "peace ambassadors to guard homes" campaign sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace's Taiwan chapter and the Taiwan branch of the Women's Federation for World Peace in support of the U.N.-initiated 2001-2010 Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.
So far, nearly 2,500 Taiwanese people have been certificated to serve as ambassadors for peace, including ultramarathon runner Kevin Lin.
Eleven percent of children's products tested recently were found to contain extractable heavy metals, which pose a potential threat to the health of their users, a Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection official said yesterday.
The tests targeted 65 items collected by the bureau from hypermarkets, department stores and specialty stores in November.
They included stickers, hanging ornaments, key chains, refrigerator magnets, cheap children's jewelry and children's face or body paints, according to BSMI Deputy Director-General Wang Cheng-hui.
Of the 65 items, seven were detected to contain extractable heavy metals that are potentially harmful to children, Wang said, adding that the bureau has ordered that the responsible manufacturers recall the toxic products.
Meanwhile, 43, or 66 percent, of the products surveyed were not properly labeled, and their manufacturers were ordered to make improvements within a specific time limit, Wang said.