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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

CHARITY

TAS presents rummage sale

The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is to host what it describes as a gigantic rummage sale today. The event is the club’s 44th annual June sale. Club members have collected a variety of new and used clothing items, shoes, toys, stuffed animals, electronics and furniture, as well as miscellaneous other items. The sale is set to start at 10am and run until 5pm, in the school’s front courtyard and lobby, rain or shine. Admission is free. All of the proceeds are to support the club’s funds for orphans and needy children in Taiwan and on its outlying islands, as well as AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. TAS is at 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6 in Tianmu (天母).

TOURISM

Man dies in Yellowstone

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Kao (高安) confirmed yesterday that a 36-year-old Taiwanese man died after being hit by a falling tree in Yellowstone National Park in the US on June 9. According to a statement released by the park, the man was hiking the Fairy Fall trial with a group, north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road. He left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope in an apparent attempt to get a better view of the Grand Prismatic Spring when a lodgepole pine fell and struck him in the head, the statement said. The group called park members and the victim was moved by the rangers to the trailhead to await helicopter transport to a medical facility, but after attempts to revive him failed he was declared dead at the scene, the park said. Kao said the ministry’s staff members in Los Angeles and Seattle have worked with the US authorities to look into the incident.

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