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In Brief

Kidnapping suspects indicted in Kaohsiung
Eight people who allegedly kidnapped La New Bears baseball coach in bid to force him to rig a game in this year's Taiwan Series were indicted yesterday by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor's Office on charges of fraud and interference with personal freedom.
The coach, Lin Kuang-hung, reported to police on November 2 that three men had kidnapped him at gunpoint on October 20 and offered him a handsome reward to rig the game because they had collected a large amount of money from gamblers betting on the game.
Lin himself was also indicted on charges of breach of trust after he was found to have tried but failed to persuade a La New pitcher to take part in the scheme.
Bus crash injures 23
Twenty-three people were injured last night as a Taiwan United Bus Corp. ran off the freeway and plunged into a rice paddy in Matou Town in Tainan County, southern Taiwan.
All 23 people were rushed to a hospital in Matou for treatment. The driver was in critical condition as of press time, according to a hospital spokesman.
The bus was on a regular run from Kaohsiung to Taichung when the accident took place at 8:47 p.m. The cause of the accident was still under investigation.
Danshui cleanup
The Taipei County government announced a three-year clean-up program yesterday that aims to restore the quality of Danshui River, which passes through the greater Taipei area.
Taipei County Magistrate Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) noted that the lives of the county's some 3.7 million residents depend on Danshui River - which is now seriously polluted - and that the county government's clean-up plan is designed to "rehabilitate" the river so that its water quality and ecology are restored to its original state.
'Disabled-unfriendly'
A local alliance advocating the welfare of the physically challenged released a list yesterday of 20 of the worst designed disabled access facilities around Taiwan, with Taipei Railway Station topping the list with its "disabled-unfriendly" toilets.
Also topping the list for their poorly designed wheelchair access pathways are Peitou Civic Hall in Taipei City, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Wuchi fishing port in Taichung County, places cited, as well as the summary division of Nantou District Court in Puli.
Hsieh Tung-ju, secretary-general of the alliance, pointed out that although most public places in Taiwan have been constructed with the concept of being "barrier-free," the design of some "barrier-free" facilities are inconsiderate and impractical for use by the disabled.


Updated : 2021-06-15 20:30 GMT+08:00