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In Brief

Ma gains NT$2m in savings
President Ma Ying-jeou added NT$2 million to his savings over the past six months, but he was one of the rare exceptions, according to the latest Control Yuan report on the assets of the nation's top officials. Ma and his wife have NT$66.88 million in savings. Vice President Vincent Siew dropped a sharp NT$8 million to finish at NT$19.19 million. In contrast, Taiwan's top representative in the United States, Jason Yuan, owns more than NT$100 million in savings, stocks and real estate, according to the report.
Sahara run
Prominent politicians and athletes showed up Monday night for the premiere of "Running the Sahara," a documentary detailing an unprecedented run across the Sahara Desert two years ago by three ultra marathon runners, including Taiwan's Kevin Lin. Lin, along with American Charlie Engle and Canadian Ray Zahab, made history when they ran 6,920 km in 111 days from Senegal on Africa's western coast to Cairo, Egypt, passing through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Libya on the way. Forced to run an average of more than one and a half marathons (64 km) a day in intense heat and wind the runners battled an array of ailments such as cramping, diarrhea, and tendinitis to achieve their goal.
President Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin were present at the premiere at Warner Village in Taipei's Xinyi district. The film will officially begin its run in local theaters on May 8.


Updated : 2021-05-16 01:49 GMT+08:00