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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Thailand jails kidnappers

Two Taiwanese and four Thais were each given 22-year jail terms by Thailand’s Supreme Court for their involvement in the 2009 abduction of five family members of a Taiwanese businessman, according to a Bangkok Post report on Monday. The six kidnappers demanded a ransom of 30 million baht (US$889,274 at current exchange rates), half of which was paid by a relative of the family in Singapore, the report said. The five victims were rescued by police from Thailand and Taiwan. More than US$400,000 of the ransom was also retrieved. The mastermind behind the abductions, surnamed Lin (林), was apprehended in February.


TAS to host rummage sale

The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is hosting its 45th June rummage sale tomorrow. Club members have collected a large variety of new and used clothing, shoes, toys, electronic items, IKEA furniture, hundreds of DVDs and other items. The sale begins at 10am and ends at 5pm, and is to be held at the school, at 800 Chung Shan N Road, Sec. 6. Part of the proceeds from the sale are to go toward helping children orphaned in Nepal by the recent earthquakes, while the rest is to go to needy children and orphans in Taiwan.


Daan Park station awarded

The Taipei MRT railway system’s Daan Park Station has won a gold award for infrastructure and amenities from the Paris-based World Prix d’Excellence Awards. A spokesman for the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp said the 18m-deep station impressed a jury of 68 experts from 28 countries with its greenery and environmentally friendly interior design.


S Koreans’ actions ‘regretful’

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that it regrets that eight South Korean workers engaged in activity other than that stated on their visas and undermined public order, urging foreign nationals to respect the nation’s laws. On Tuesday, eight South Koreans — former employees of Hydis Technologies — staged a protest in Taipei and were detained by police for breaching the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法). They were deported on Wednesday. Hydis is a South Korean subsidiary of Taiwan’s E Ink Holdings. Since Hydis was shut down in March, former Hydis workers have traveled to Taiwan several times to protest the closure. The ministry said that the workers should file a complaint with the South Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor over any irregularities, in accordance with South Korea’s laws. Staging illegal protests overseas would not resolve the problem, the ministry said.


Athletes bring home medals

Taiwanese athletes clinched a medal haul of one gold, four silver and one bronze at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships in Wuhan, China, which concluded on Sunday. On the final day of the five-day championships, Hsiang Chun-hsien (向俊賢) won silver in the men’s high jump, clearing the 2.24m bar. The previous day, Huang Shih-feng (黃士峰) won the nation’s sole gold medal in the men’s javelin with a throw of 79.74m. The other silver medalists were Chang Ming-huang (張銘煌) in the shot put, Ted Hooper (侯育伯) in the long jump and Chen Chieh (陳傑) in the men’s 400m hurdles. Meanwhile, Wang Wen-tang (王文堂), Yang Chun-han (楊俊瀚), Lo Yen-yao (羅巖耀) and Shen Yu-sen (沈郁森) won bronze medals when Taiwan finished third in the men’s 4×100m relay.

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