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Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Crime
Dead man's kin seek help

The family of a murdered China-based businessman appealed yesterday for government assistance in solving the murder. The mother, sister and nephew of Ho Ching-sheng (何進陞) called a news conference to ask the government to look into claims by Chinese authorities that Ho was killed in a scuffle following a traffic accident. They also called for China to arrest five suspects who are at large. Two suspects have been arrested. Ho, 48, from Fengyuan, Taichung, was in the electroplating business in Guangdong Province for more than a decade. He reportedly had a dispute with some Chinese when he and a woman went for a snack early last Wednesday morning. Ho died of massive bleeding after his arms and legs were cut off. The family identified the body last Friday and then brought his ashes back to Taiwan.

■ Crime

Two drug suspects nabbed

Police arrested the two alleged kingpins of a drug gang on Monday in Kangsan, Kaohsiung County, and seized 1.314kg of heroin, according to a report by the Nantze police station. The arrest came three months after Kaohsiung District Court Prosecutor Chiang Li-ju (姜麗儒) received a report that a drug gang, reportedly led by suspect Chen Kuo-lin (陳國林), 39, had smuggled large quantities of heroin into the country by fishing boat or container ship. Police intercepted a sedan at an expressway interchange at Kangsan on Monday afternoon and found four blocks of heroin. They arrested Chen and Shih Pao-hsing (施保行). The heroin had a street value of NT$50 million (US$1.47 million). The police are trying to find the sources of the drug and the other members of the gang, the report said.

■ Society

Blind to climb Hsuehshan

A group of vision-impaired people from six Asian countries will scale Hsueh-shan next week, the Chinese Taipei Orienteering Asso-ciation (CTOA) said yester-day. This will mark the first time that blind people from home and abroad have joined together to scale a high peak in this country, association president Peng Mu-shan (彭木山) said. In the past few years, Peng said, the CTOA has helped vision-impaired people to climb Yushan and Dabajianshan, as well as Japan's Mount Fuji. "We have invited vision-impaired people from Thai-land, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan to join their local counterparts in conquering the 3,201m-high Hsuehshan," Peng said, adding that the event is aimed at promoting inter-national friendship and helping vision-impaired people expand leisure activities. Peng said 24 blind Taiwanese will take part in the expedition that starts on Monday.

■ Culture

Cloud Gate to appear in NYC

The Cloud Gate Dance Theater will give four per-formances at the Howard Gilman Opera House in New York later this month as part of the Next Wave Festival, at the invitation of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Asia Society. This is the third time that Cloud Gate has been invited to attend the Next Wave Festival. At a press conference at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York on Monday, Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), Cloud Gate's founder, said that the group will perform Moon Water at the festival. On Nov. 19, the Asia Society will also sponsor a lecture demonstration with Lin that will introduce his sources of inspiration.

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