■ VisitNadia Comaneci jets in
Celebrated Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in Taiwan yesterday for a five-day visit to give lectures and training to local athletes. Comaneci, an unforgettable figure in the history of the Olympic Games, scored the first "perfect 10" on the parallel bars in 1976 at Montreal, which was also the first full-point performance on record at the world's most prominent sporting event. While in Taipei, Comaneci will visit the National Palace Museum and exchange experience with coaches and athletes from northern Taiwan at National Taiwan Normal University. She will then travel to Tsoying national training center in southern Kaohsiung and is expected to stage an exhibition for the Chinese Taipei team that will take part in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Drowning hearing begins
Five Japanese men appeared in court yesterday on manslaughter charges after the drowning of a Taiwanese man in Brisbane, court officials said. Jun Hamajima, 22, Akiro Ookawarra, 23, Hiroki Suzuki, 20, Takaaki Aizawa, 21, and Tai Chi Maruta, 19, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with the manslaughter of Hsu Wei-Li (徐維力). The men were not required to enter a plea. The 18-year-old Taiwanese man's body was found Friday in the Brisbane River. Police prosecutors said Hsu, a student at an international college in Brisbane, had been at a barbecue with friends near the river on Thursday night when he went missing. They allege the five Japanese men -- who also attended the college -- threw him into the water. Magistrate James Gordon granted bail to the five men to reappear in court on Feb. 3 next year.