Thu, Jul 26, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ HEALTH

TB patient flew to Hong Kong

A passenger infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis took two flights on Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd last Saturday, the carrier said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. The passenger flew to Hong Kong from Kaohsiung on flight KA435, then transferred to Dragonair flight KA810 to Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu Province, Dragon Airlines said in the statement. The 55-year-old Taiwanese man was accompanied by his wife, who was also infected with the disease, the statement added. The airline was notified by Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday about the matter and has made arrangements to disinfect the airplanes concerned, the statement said. An amendment passed by the legislature last month prohibits individuals infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis from boarding flights. The CDC said last night it was mapping out supplementary measures.

■ AGRICULTURE

Mangoes prove popular

Mango heads the list of popular fruit in an online poll sponsored by the Council of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Agency. The agency said that, as of Tuesday, mango had received 21,000 votes out of a total of more than 35,000. Ranking second is the banana with more than 19,000 votes, followed by the bell fruit with about 17,000 ballots, the pineapple, grapefruit and water melon. The poll is intended to promote local fruit to consumers who have been tempted by a wide variety of foreign imports, agency officials said.

■ SOCIETY

Girlfriend commits suicide

A woman committed suicide in a church, hoping that God would curse a boyfriend who had dumped her, a newspaper said yesterday. The woman, surnamed Dai, 26, hanged herself early on Tuesday inside Fuchou Baptist Church in Banciao, Taipei, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported. Staff members of the church found her body about 6am on Tuesday. In a letter left for a church member, Dai said she had met her boyfriend at the church, but he had recently broken off their relationship. She wrote that she wanted to die inside the church so that God would curse her former boyfriend. Dai apologized for her actions and for causing trouble, the Apple Daily said.

■ DIPLOMACY

Aid given to Santo Domingo

The government donated US$9 million on Tuesday to one of its Latin American diplomatic allies, the Dominican Republic, to build a high-tech industrial park in the capital of Santo Domingo. The money is part of a US$10 million aid package pledged to the country. The presentation ceremony took place at the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Morales Troncoso, Dominican Export and Investment Center Director Eddy Martinez, and ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Chen Hsien-hsiang (陳顯祥), jointly presiding over the event. In his address, Morales said that the Dominican government had offered many incentives to attract foreign firms to set up factories or invest in the country. He encouraged state-run and private enterprises to invest in the country, adding that it could be used as a springboard into the US market.

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