Sat, Apr 14, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER

■ SOCIETY

Sanatorium march tomorrow

More than 100 civic groups and organizations from across the nation will stage a march demanding the preservation of Lo Sheng Sanatorium tomorrow. Originally, part of the 77-year-old sanatorium was to be demolished on Monday to make room for a Mass Rapid Transport maintenance depot. Facing strong opposition, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday postponed the deadline so that an alternative plan that may preserve 90 percent of the sanatorium could be considered. Civil groups will stage a 2km march beginning at 1:30pm tomorrow at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and ending at the Presidential Office. "Lo Sheng buses" leaving from several locations around the country will help bring people to the march. For more information, visit www.socialforce.tw/phpBB/post_484441.html#484441.

■ JUSTICE

First lady misses hearing

First lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) yesterday missed another hearing in the "state affairs" fund case. Prosecutor Chang Hsi-huai (張熙懷) quoted a letter from Wu's doctors which said that her health was likely to deteriorate further and that they therefore recommended against her attending the hearing. Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun (蔡守訓) summoned Wu to attend the next hearing on May 11. Wu has not appeared in court since fainting from low blood pressure during the first hearing on Dec. 15 last year. Wu was indicted on Nov. 3 on charges of corruption and forgery involving the "state affairs fund" budgeted for the president's discretionary use.

■ CRIME

Immigration staff questioned

Taoyuan prosecutors have questioned eight Immigration Administration officers suspected of collusion with foreign labor brokerage firms to solicit bribes from employers of foreign workers, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported yesterday. Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office spokesman John Chang (張進豐) said he had "no comment" when approached for confirmation of the report yesterday. The newspaper reported that the brokerages were suspected of providing certain officers in the Immigration Administration's Taoyuan and Ilan task forces with the names and whereabouts of foreign laborers violating the terms of their labor permits. While workers violating their labor contracts are supposed to be repatriated and their employers fined, the eight officers are suspected of demanding NT$50,000 per worker from employees in return for ignoring violations and disregarding fines.

■ SPORT

Games dates announced

The 2007 World Wheelchair and Amputee Games are scheduled to be held in Taipei from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19 with the participation of some 1,500 handicapped athletes from 60 countries and areas. Chinese Taipei Paralympic Committee (CTPC) president Chen Li Chou (陳李綢) said that, as of Thursday, athletes from 42 countries and areas have completed their registration with the committee. He said the event would be the second of its kind since the first were held in Brazil in September 2005, adding that Taiwan beat four other serious contenders -- South Africa, the US, South Korea and Israel -- to win the right to host this year's games. Athletes will compete in 11 sports -- track and field, archery, tennis, swimming, power lifting, shooting, bowling, snooker, table tennis, fencing and badminton.

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