Wed, Oct 01, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ TravelAlcohol costs pilot his flight

The captain of a China Airlines passenger jet was barred from an Anchorage, Alaska-to-New York flight after a breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was twice the limit for pilots, officials said. An airport screener smelled alcohol and found an open container of alcohol on the pilot. He was stopped before boarding an Airbus 340 jet last Thurs-day, said John Madden, a Transportation Safety Administration official, on Monday. A test administered by airport police showed a blood-alcohol level of .087 percent, a spokeswoman for the airport said. The US Federal Aviation Admin-istration (FAA) limit for pilots is .04 percent. China Airlines suspended the pilot, whose name has not been made public, and the rest of the crew flew the plane out of Anchorage, the FAA said.

■ Pets

Cat walks 50km home

It took six days for a cat to travel more than 50km to return to the woman who had raised it, after being given away, a local cable TV station reported yesterday. The five-year-old feline, named Xiao Fu (Little Tiger) was given away last month by its owner in Hsinchu, identified only as Mrs. Chang, to her daughter, who lives in Taoyuan. "My husband heard some strange sounds outside the house and went out to check -- only to see that Xiao Fu was back," Chang said. She said Xiao Fu looked thirsty and weary, adding she had no idea how the cat could have found his way back to Hsinchu safely. "The most important thing is we have him again," Chang said.

■ Politics

Lien to visit Europe, the US

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) will visit the US after a European tour this month, party sources said on Mon-day. According to KMT Vice Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄), who is currently in New York, Lien will make a lecture tour of Britain and the Czech Republic before arriving in the US on Oct. 18 as part of his efforts to canvass support for his presidential bid. Lien will visit Harvard University and then go to Washing-ton to deliver a speech at the invitation of the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the National Press Club. Wu said Lien will fly to

New York on Oct. 22 to meet with Chinese community leaders before leaving for home. Wu said the trip is expected to be Lien's last overseas tour before the election next March.

■ National Defense

Salvage team seeks IDF

The Ministry of National Defense sent three ships yesterday to salvage an indigenous defense fighter (IDF) which crashed off Penghu on Saturday, a ministry spokesman said. Major General Huang Suey-sheng (黃穗生) said the ships will try to salvage the wreck-age as quickly as possible. About 20 minutes after the IDF took off from Tainan Air Base on a training flight it experienced mechanical failure and the two pilots ejected. They were later rescued unharmed.

■ Recreation

Seniors invited for mahjong

Elderly residents of Taipei will be able to celebrate Senior Citizens' Day this Saturday by playing mah-jong in a competition sponsored by the Taipei City Government. The Bureau of Social Affairs said that 50 tables will be set up in the courtyard of City Hall. Residents over 60 years of age are eligible to compete, officials said. Prizes will be given to individuals and groups.

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