Fri, Sep 14, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER , WITH AGENCIES

■ CRIME

Fake brands seized

Kaohsiung City police arrested a man suspected of selling counterfeit brand-name children's clothing, a police official said yesterday. Around 500 pieces of counterfeit goods were also seized in the raid. The official said that the suspect, surnamed Chang, was caught selling the high-quality counterfeit products at a market in the city. Police are investigating to locate the suppliers of the counterfeit products, the official said.

■ TRANSPORT

Alishan station reopens

The Alishan Railway Station in Chiayi County was reopened yesterday after years of reconstruction following damage sustained during the devastating 921 earthquake in 1999. The first train to depart from the station was an antique train with wooden carriages and powered by a steam locomotive. Chiayi Forest District Office Director Yeh Hsien-liang (葉賢良) said the two-story station is the largest wooden railway station in the country. From the balcony on the second floor of the station, travelers are able to see Alishan's (阿里山) scenic landscapes and "cloud sea," Yeh said. The station lies on the Alishan Forest Railway, which starts in Chiayi City and meanders through Chiayi and Nantou counties, carrying passengers up and down the mountain.

■ SCIENCE

Penghu hosts scientists

Magnetic field detection operations in a nationwide geological survey started this week on Penghu, the fourth and final stage of the project, academic sources said on Wednesday. The project, conducted by the Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute, has already visited Ilan, Hualien and Pingtung counties, and its work in Penghu is expected to take 45 days. The institute said the goal of the project is to better understand the nation's geological structures, as well as to lay the foundation for future studies.

■ LIVESTOCK

Banned drug detected

A goose from a fowl farm in Taoyuan County has been found to contain salbutamol, a banned drug used to promote the growth of lean meat in livestock, the director general of the Department of Health's Bureau of Food Sanitation said yesterday. Cheng Hui-wen (鄭惠文) made the announcement while making public the results of the bureau's spot checks on marketed geese around the country last month. One of 19 samples for banned drug tests was found to have excessive traces of salbutamol, Cheng said, adding that the problematic sample was taken from the Yung Yu goose farm. The farm faces a fine of between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000, he said.

■ Tourism

Delegation targets Singapore

A tourism delegation organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA) will take part in a Singapore international travel fair to attract tourists from the city state. Speaking at a press conference, TVA Advisor Shao Chung-hua (邵仲華), who is leading the delegation, said Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has set a growth target rate for Singaporean and Malaysian tourists to Taiwan this year at 7 percent. According to Shao, around 180,000 tourists from Singapore visited Taiwan last year, an annual growth rate of 10.8 percent, while the number of tourists from Malaysia rose 7.2 percent. Meanwhile, Chi Cheng (紀政), chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 World Games, to be held in Kaohsiung, will also lead a group to Singapore with a view to attracting visitors.

■ CULTURE

Cross-strait festival

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