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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, with CNA

■ AVIATION

US measures extended

The US has extended an emergency amendment on flight security inspections until Monday, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. The emergency amendment, issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), asked all passengers traveling to the US to have their carry-on luggage rechecked at boarding gates. The CAA said last week that the tightened security measures would apply to passengers traveling between Dec. 25 and Dec. 30. However, the TSA informed the CAA on Thursday morning the new inspection requirement would be in place until Monday. The inspection will focus on liquids, gels and aerosol sprays, the CAA said, urging passengers to contact airlines directly if they had doubts about the new flight safety requirements.

■ SPORTS

NT$2bn pledged to baseball

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said on Thursday that the government would invest more than NT$2 billion (US$62.6 million) over the next four years to revitalize local baseball. The endeavors will include reforming the baseball competition system, increasing the number of players and providing incentives for students to take up the sport, Ma said, adding that the government will mobilize all available resources to ensure that “2010, the first year of a baseball revival,” is “not a mere slogan.” Ma said schools should improve the ways in which physical education is provided so that students “know more than just how to play ball.” He said he hoped that the sport would not be ruined by game-­rigging scandals.

■ ELECTIONS

DPP mulls Kaohsiung race

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it would name its candidate for the mayoral election of the new special municipality to be formed by the merger of Kaohsiung City and County by late March. DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said the party’s Central Standing Committee would complete its nomination process next month or by the end of March and he hoped that “it will be a peaceful competition.” Incumbent Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-­hsing (楊秋興) and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), both of whom enjoy high approval ratings, have shown a keen interest in vying for the post in an election to be held in December. Chen urged the committee to field an eligible candidate who could meet voters’ expectations and stressed that the candidate’s selection must not cause a split within the party.

■ HEALTH

Exercise rate creeps up

A recent survey conducted by the Sports Affairs Council showed that 24.4 percent of the population regularly exercised three times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time last year, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 2008. The results of the council’s survey on the exercise habits of people in the nation’s 25 cities and counties showed that walking was the most popular exercise, performed by 31.7 percent of respondents, followed by hiking (21.9 percent), cycling (21.1 percent) and basketball (18.9 percent). The annual poll has identified walking as the nation’s most popular form of exercise for three years straight. Hiking rose to second from fifth a year before, while jogging fell to fifth from second place, officials said. The survey was based on 25,518 valid responses from all 25 cities and counties, including Kinmen and Matsu. Council official Wu Lung-shan (吳龍山) said the council would allocate NT$1.6 billion (US$50 million) over the next four years to popularize exercising.

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