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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Taipei bus fares to rise

The Taipei City Bus Transportation Office yesterday said it is to raise bus fares for adults by NT$1 to NT$16 from Jan. 1 next year at the earliest. Reduced fares for children, students, senior citizens, police and military personnel will remain the same, ranging between NT$8 and NT$12. The proposed hike still requires the approval of the Taipei City Council.

CHARITY

TAS to hold rummage sale

The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is to host its annual fall rummage sale from 10am to 5pm on Saturday. Club members have collected a wide variety of household items — new and used — including clothing, toys, games, electronic items and furniture, it said. The sale is to be held in the school’s forecourt and lobby come rain or shine. All of the proceeds go to the club’s funds for needy children and orphans in Taiwan and overseas, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania, it said. TAS is at No. 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6 in Tianmu (天母).

CRIME

Pigeon gambling ring busted

Authorities yesterday said they would prosecute 129 people over illegal gambling on pigeon races as part of a broader investigation into the activity after animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed complaints. More than NT$66.6 million (US$2 million) was seized from the Taichung Fengyuan Pigeon Club, Taichung District prosecutors’ Office said. PETA submitted the results of its investigation to authorities last year, saying pigeon racing kills 1.5 million birds a year in Taiwan. The club had committed gambling offenses, but it did not find any cases of animal abuse.

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