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In Brief

In Brief

High court upholds Chao's bail ruling
The Taiwan High Court yesterday rejected Taipei prosecutors' third appeal against a court ruling that freed President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) son-in-law Chao Chien-ming and other two people on bail.
High Court judges said that it is unnecessary for the prosecutors to file an appeal for the third time, a news release issued by the High Court stated. The appeal is unnecessary because the three people have been indicted and barred from leaving the country and have been ordered to pay large bail sums, High Court said.
The court also did not support the argument that Chao is likely to flee Taiwan.
"Under the tight surveillance of media cameras (outside his residence), it is impossible for Chao to flee," the statement read.
Warning lifted
The Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) yesterday lifted land and sea warnings for Typhoon Saomai after the eye of the typhoon passed north of Taiwan yesterday morning.
Residents on the outlying Matsu Island and ships operating in waters north of Taiwan were urged to be on the alert until yesterday evening and the flights to and from Matsu today were all canceled.
According to National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission, there were no injuries from the storm.
Tournament starts
Five top Asian basketball teams have gathered in Taipei for the Asian Professional Basketball tournament, which will be played from August 11-19, to vie for position as the top club in Asia.
The Taiwan national team, the only non-club participant, will be joined by four teams from Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Australia in the nine-day, 18-game tournament. The visiting teams include Niigata Albirex of the Basketball Japan League, the LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League, the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippines Basketball Association, and the Perth Wildcats of Australia's National Basketball League.
Weekend festivals
The Kaohsiung City Government is planning to hold a beer and food festival at Chichin port every weekend starting this week, allowing the public to get a taste of its delicious seafood and beer in a cozy context, according to a city government spokesman.
The municipal Marine Bureau has been renovating surrounding areas of Chichin port on one of the islets off Kaohsiung city, the spokesman said, adding that the city government hopes to transform the fishing port into a park.
In preparation for the food and beer festival's opening tomorrow, the bureau has grown flowers and plants and installed large-scale decorations in public spaces near Chichin fishing port, the spokesman said.