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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TRANSPORT

MRT tickets go multilingual

Commuters taking the Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line are to have the option of choosing from eight languages, in addition to traditional and simplified Chinese, when purchasing a ticket, Taoyuan Metro Corp said. The ticketing system on the line linking Taipei Main Station to the Taoyuan airport is also to provide ticketing options in English, Japanese, Korean, German, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Spanish, it said. Passengers will be able to select their preferred language to access the information they want, the company said. The opening of the airport MRT line, mainly invested by the Taipei, New Taipei City and Taoyuan city governments, has been postponed several times for various reasons, but has now been rescheduled to start operations at the end of this year.

CRIME

US official targets trafficking

US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge is to arrive in Taiwan today to boost cooperation against human trafficking with Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. Coppedge, who is also a senior adviser to the US secretary of state, is to meet with Taiwanese officials and local nongovernmental organizations to discuss measures against trafficking in persons and how Taiwan can increase its anti-trafficking efforts, the AIT said. During her four-day stay, Coppedge is also to deliver keynote remarks at this year’s International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking, the AIT said.

DIPLOMACY

Tsai thanks Solomons PM

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed appreciation to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for his country’s solid and long-term support of Taiwan in the international community. Sogavare, who is on his fifth visit to Taiwan, met with Tsai at the Presidential Office Building. He said his country would continue to speak up for Taiwan at the UN and elsewhere in the international community, adding that Taiwan could play a bigger role on the international stage. The prime minister, who is on an official visit until Sunday, is the first foreign head of government to visit Taiwan since Tsai’s inauguration on May 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have had diplomatic relations for 33 years and maintain close cooperation in areas such as medical care, educational training, clean energy and agricultural technology, the ministry said.

SPORT

Runner banned from Rio

Long-distance runner Hsu Yu-fang (許玉芳) was banned from participating in the Rio Olympics after failing a doping test, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee officials said yesterday. The 42-year-old marathon runner, Taiwan’s national record holder, was notified that a diuretic was found in her sample on Friday last week. Hsu said she was “sorry for disappointing friends who supported her now that she will not be able to take part in the Rio Olympics.” Hsu said in a statement that she has been taking medication over the past few months for injuries sustained during a marathon in North Korea in early April, and three substances in the traditional Chinese medicine she had been prescribed had a diuretic effect. Hsu had been banned for two years for failing a drug test in 2011 and this time could be banned for up to four years in accordance with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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