CWB monitoring storm
A storm that could become the fourth typhoon of the year formed yesterday morning and the Central Weather Bureau is keeping close watch on it. Central Weather Bureau meteorologists said that Tropical Storm Linfa is now located at sea 360km northwest of Manila, or about 750km west-southwest of Hengchun. The radius of the storm is 100km. Linfa is now almost stationary and whether it will impact this country depends on its course, official said, adding that the situation will become clearer in two days.
■ Legislative Yuan
Animal rights law passed
Those who kill animals illegally could face a fine of up to NT$250,000 (US$7,142), according to an amendment to the Animal Protection Law (野生動物保護法), which a Legislative Yuan committee passed yesterday. The amendment states that animals should be protected and not sold illegally or killed. Anyone violating the regulations by killing animals for their meat or fur or to used them as feed, or for scientific research purposes, will be liable for fines ranging from NT$50,000 to NT$250,000.
USCDC doctor doing well
The US doctor believed to have developed SARS symptoms while investigating the disease in Taipei is recovering in Atlanta, Georgia health officials said yesterday. Dr. Chesley Richards Jr., an infection control expert with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrived in Atlanta late Friday and was evaluated at a local hospital, said a spokesman for the Georgia Division of Public Health. A CDC spokeswoman said Richards is in good condition and is in isolation.