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In Brief

New design unveiled for CKS bronze statue
The Ministry of Education yesterday unveiled a new design yesterday for the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall's lobby where Chiang Kai-shek's (蔣介石) bronze statue stands. The MOE said a U-shaped frame will be constructed around the statue, blocking a full view of the statue after the lobby is reopened to the public on January 1, 2008. The ministry said pictures and names of the victims who lost their lives during the 228 Massacre will be put on the frame, adding that the change represents Taiwan's democratic struggle and development.
Free ride canceled
KAOHSIUNG
Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. announced a plan yesterday to offer free train rides for all people from December 29 to January 1 on the Red Line's southern section, but made an abrupt about-face two hours later.
KRTC president Fan Chen-po explained that the reversal was due to the fact that KRTC needs to devote most of its manpower to inspections of the construction project and test runs on the partially completed Red Line, one of two planned lines of the Kaohsiung mass rapid transit system. Officials at the Mass Rapid Transit Bureau under the Kaohsiung city government said they agreed with KRTC's decision because safety inspections and smooth test runs are more important to the Red Line's early opening than free trains rides for the public.
Video game risk
People who spend too much time playing video games, especially violent video games, may risk damaging brain functions and affect their learning and emotional control, according to findings of a study released yesterday.
Chou Yuan-hua, a doctor in the Department of Psychiatry of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, enlisted 30 youngsters - all aged 25 - as research subjects.
They were given physical examinations to monitor changes in blood circulation in their brains before and after each played a video game for 30 minutes.
The study found that the act of playing video games obviously causes a decreased blood flow in the brain, and that the effect is even more pronounced in those playing violent video games.
Overseas charity work
NEW DELHI, India
A Taiwanese non-governmental medical team has earned public praise and special thanks from a Tibetan Buddhism Gyalwang after it completed a seven-day free medical service in the northern Indian town of Bodhgaya in Bihar Province.
The team, consisting of 17 medical doctors, dentists and pharmacists as well as 30 nurses and volunteers, is organized by the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, a private medical charity dedicated to international medical aid service.


Updated : 2021-05-07 02:41 GMT+08:00