Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

Tue, Nov 01, 2005 - Page 3

■ Society
Lin ready to give back

In her first public appearance in more than three months, the nation's top model Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) told a packed Taipei press conference yesterday she was considering establishing a charitable foundation "to pay back society" for all it has given her. Lin, who broke six ribs in a horse riding accident in China on July 8, looked pert and cheerful as she told reporters that she'd beaten doctors' estimates that her recovery would take six months. "I was lucky," she said. "I've recovered well in three months." Lin, 32, said she was particularly interested in helping the sick and needy. "I've grown up in love," she said. "It would be a wonderful thing if [I] could give love and care to those who are ill."

■ Media

Evening paper says adieu

The evening newspaper the China Times Express folded yesterday, becoming the latest victim of the dominance of electronic media. In its farewell issue yesterday, the 18-year-old Chinese-language China Times Express thanked its readers for their support and apologized for ceasing publication, citing fallen subscriptions due to competition from electronic media. In 1999, Taiwan had four evening papers. All but one, United Evening News, have folded due to competition from daily print newspapers, online newspapers and 24-hour TV news broadcasts. The China Times Express belongs to the China Times Group which publishes the China Times daily, the Commercial Times daily and the China Times Weekly magazine. The print competition heated up in 2003 when Hong Kong-based Apple Daily launched in Taiwan. Within two years, the 85-page tabloid-style paper has won more than 30 percent of the nation's newspaper market.

■ Cross-strait ties

Lying immigrants on the rise

Illegal Chinese immigrants are increasingly entering the country not by being smuggling in, but by getting visas from the Taiwanese government under false pretenses, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Johnnason Liu (劉德勳) said. "The illegal immigrants come into Taiwan in the name of getting married, visiting their relatives, vacationing or working with fishermen," Liu said. Liu said that the government detained 893 illegal Chinese immigrants during the first nine months of this year, 739 of whom are male. Liu said that the crackdown on illegal immigration from China has had a deterrent effect.

■ Health

Hepatitis drug to be covered

Doctors from Chung Gung Memorial Hospital yesterday announced that the newest generation of treatment for hepatitis, called Pegasys, will be covered under the national insurance as of today. In Taiwan, hepatitis is a serious problem affecting 3 million people and ranking 6th among the top 10 causes of death. "If untreated, hepatitis will lead to the hardening of the liver, and eventually cancer," said Chien Rong-nan (簡榮南), chief of the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hepato-Gastroenterology at Chung Gung Memorial Hospital in Keelung. Pegasys, produced by the Swiss company Roche, is injected into the patient once a week. According to Chien, it boosts the immune system and counters the virus in the bloodstream.