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SECURITY

Marine caught with bullets

A serving member of the US Marine Corps was prevented from boarding a flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday after 40 rounds of rifle ammunition were discovered in his backpack, airport police said. The in-transit passenger, aged 21, was traveling from Los Angles to Okinawa, Japan, where he is based, the police said. He was scheduled to depart Taiwan at 8:35am yesterday, but was intercepted by immigration officers at the airport’s Terminal 1 when something suspicious showed up in his backpack on the hand luggage scanner at a security checkpoint, the police said, adding that upon opening the bag, immigration officers found a box containing 40 rifle bullets. The US Marine told airport police that he had bought the bullets for target practice in the US, but forgot to remove them from his bag before boarding the flight in Los Angeles. Airport police said they have informed the American Institute in Taiwan of the incident and have handed over the man to the Taoyuan Criminal Investigation Corps for further investigation.

SOCIETY

Workers wish for pay hike

The most common New Year’s wish among the nation’s work force is to get a pay raise, according to a survey released yesterday, which also showed that less than 30 percent of workers got a wage increase last year. Among the 1,308 members of the online job bank yes123 who were surveyed, 72.9 percent said their biggest wish was to receive a pay raise, while 56 percent said they wished more than anything to find a better job. The yes123 poll also found that employees wished for a good boss or supervisor (47.7 percent), good team morale (45.9 percent) and to get their work done on time (36.7 percent).

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