EVA passenger hospitalized
An airline passenger arriving from Taiwan was hospitalized yesterday in Sydney after complaining of flu-like symptoms during the flight to Australia, but it's unlikely he has bird flu, health officials said. Quarantine officials examined the man at Sydney's international airport and took him to a hospital for a routine examination, the New South Wales state Department of Health said in a written statement. "This person has no risk for avian influenza and health experts believe it is unlikely that this will be the diagnosis," the statement said. The passenger's identity was not released. The airlines said the passenger was British. The man had complained of feeling unwell after arriving on an EVA Air flight from Taipei, airline spokesman Thomas Lim said.
KRTC sparks mud slinging
Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday implied that Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) should mind her own business. "Some would invite three or four people to organize a `special task force' to inspect the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) and the company has no option but to cooperate. We really don't have time for this. I wish these people would stop what they are doing," said Government Information Office Minister Pasuya Yao (姚文智) at a press conference yesterday, quoting the premier. Yao said Hsieh made the comments during the weekly Cabinet meeting earlier in the morning, after Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) complained that the media is only interested in reporting.
Missing girl's body found
A girl, surnamed Wang, who went missing on New Year's Eve at the Shin Hai Bridge (新海橋) in Hsinchuang City, Taipei County, was found dead under the bridge yesterday, but her death was still an enigma. Police said because the bridge has 1.2m high railings, it is unlikely that she fell off the bridge accidentally. Her family and friends have told police she was unlikely to have committed suicide. Wang's family yesterday said they suspect she was pushed off the bridge. Wang and her classmates rode scooters to a party on Saturday night, with Wang traveling on the back of a scooter ridden by a male classmate surnamed Fan. Fan told police that his scooter suddenly lost power on the Shin Hai Bridge.
China sends back fugitives
Three Taiwanese fugitives were repatriated from China via the outlying island of Matsu to Taipei yesterday, officials from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said. Lin Chen-hsing (林振興), 46, an alleged gang leader from Yunlin County who is suspected of being a major accomplice of indicted kidnappers Hsueh Chiu (薛球) and Chang Hsi-ming (張錫銘), and two other fugitives, surnamed Wu and Lee, were repatriated back to Taiwan under the terms of the Kinmen Agreement, CIB officials said. Lin has been on the police's wanted list since 2004.
Cold front expected to hit
A massive cold front from China will reach Taiwan today. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast sharply falling temperatures around the country with rain in the north, northeast and eastern parts of the country. According to the CWB, temperatures could drop below 10?C from tomorrow until Sunday in open areas along the east coast. The weather will remain cold until Monday, when temperatures will rise.