Wed, Aug 15, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ SOCIETY

Cyclist hit in Siberia

A man cycling from Taiwan to Moscow made it as far as Siberia only to be knocked off his bicycle by a drunk driver, Russian media reported on Monday. The 37-year-old Taiwanese man, who was not named, had completed nearly two-thirds of his route on the 7,000km trip when he was hit by a car in the Novosibirsk region, Interfax news agency reported. "The victim is currently in a satisfactory condition ... The drunk driver fled from the scene of the accident," the agency quoted police as saying.

■ LABOR

CLA head visits workplaces

Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Chairman Lu Tien-lin (盧天麟) inspected foreign laborers' workplaces in Taoyuan County to learn firsthand about their working conditions. Lu visited the Fulltide Enterprise Co in Tayuan Township (大園) and the Catholic Hope Workers Center in Chungli (中壢). Officials at both the enterprise and the center briefed him and and he examined laborers' working and living environments, which he found satisfactory. Lu asked three foreign laborers about their employers and living and working environments, and received positive evaluations from all three.

■ HEALTH

Visitors warned about Bali

Travelers planning trips to Bali, Indonesia, should be careful, the Department of Health said on Monday, after the Indonesian government confirmed the first human death from avian influenza on the island. Deputy director of the department's Centers for Disease Control Chou Chih-hao (周志浩) urged tourists to avoid contact with fowl and raw fowl products and to wash their hands and change clothes immediately if they come in contact with bird droppings. Anyone who does not feel well within 10 days of returning should seek medical treatment immediately, Chou said. The death took place about 100km outside Denpasar, the capital of Bali, but the health department is not advising tourists against visiting the town, but rather urging them to exercise caution, he said. Avian influenza virus usually refers to Influenza A viruses found chiefly in birds, but infections can occur in humans.

■ DEFENSE

Delegation heads to US

A legislative delegation was set to leave on an 11-day visit to the US yesterday to assess the possibility of purchasing eight US-built diesel-electric submarines, Legislative Yuan National Defense Committee sources said on Monday. The delegation, composed of legislators from across the party spectrum, will visit Washington and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as making a transit stop in Los Angeles, California, the sources said. The group canceled its plan to tour a US military base in Hawaii. Because of media criticism and partisan disputes over the trip, the sources said, Vice Minister of National Defense Ko Cheng-heng (柯承亨) canceled plans to join the group and the trip has been shortened. The sources said that an Aug. 7 meeting between legislative and military staff decided the delegation would consist of nine lawmakers, including Liao Wan-ju (廖婉汝) and Shui Hua-min (帥化民) from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Shen Fa-hui (沈發惠) and Chang Hua-kuan (張花冠) from the Democratic Progressive Party and Ho Ming-hao (何敏豪) of the Taiwan Solidarity Union. In response to criticism that the trip is a waste of taxpayers' money, the sources said legislators must foot part of their travel bills themselves.

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