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SOCIETY

‘Teacher Wang’ fined

A self-styled “prophet” was convicted yesterday of “spreading rumors” for saying that a monster earthquake would destroy Taiwan last month and fined NT$40,000. Wang Chao-hung (王超弘), known as “Teacher Wang,” stirred up a media frenzy after he “predicted” a giant quake and tsunami would hit Taiwan on May 11, urging people to move into makeshift shelters converted from cargo containers. After the catastrophe failed to materialize, Wang said his remarks had been misinterpreted by journalists. He was convicted by a district court in Nantou County of spreading socially disruptive rumors. He could face additional fraud charges as prosecutors are investigating claims that he might have cooperated with container businesses to set up a shelter village in the county.

TRAVEL

Bikers finish 18,000km trek

A Taiwanese couple spent almost two months traveling through four South American countries by motorcycle. Lee Chao-hsiang (李兆祥), who is in his late 40s, said he and his wife rode a BMW 650cc motorcycle along the Pan-American Highway through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. The couple took 58 days to complete their 18,000km trek. They began the journey on April 26 from Capo de la Vela, Colombia, and arrived in Santiago on Tuesday. Taiwan’s representative office in Santiago gave the couple a warm welcome on their arrival. Lee said they had seen many landmarks including Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca ruin in Peru, and Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Lee said they plan to tackle more of the Pan-American Highway system, which extends from Alaska to the lower reaches of Ushuaia, Argentina, in the future.

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