ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/30

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10AM EZ News Intro
Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

10AM TAIWAN NEWS ….
in local news …

The Control Yuan has opened an investigation into the alleged dereliction of
duty by members of the former Chen administration who worked at the
Presidential Office between 2000 and 2008.

According to the government watchdog … members of the Chen administration
lost more than 90 percent of the official files that went through their
hands.

The move follows charges by the Presidential Office that of 38-thousand
official documents received by the Presidential Office during the eight-year
Chen administration … only 6-per cent were filed correctly.

The names of 17 former D-P-P administration officials have been turned over
to the Control Yuan for investigation.

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The Central Weather Bureau is playing down the possibility of radiation from
Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reaching Taiwan.

The statement follows reports that radioactivity from the plant will reach
Taiwan on April 2-nd.

According to the bureau, such a remains extremely low unless there is another
explosion at the plant within the next 36 hours.

A bureau spokesman says even if atmospheric radiation approaches Taiwan, it
will not come any closer to the island than 1,100-kilometers and the
potential impact will be very limited.

And in related news ….

Nissan’s main distributor in Taiwan says the company will screen all auto
parts imported from Japan for radiation.

The screening will begin on April 1-st.

Nissan Taiwan’s public relations manager says the local distributor will
ensure three stages of radiation checks on the parts — before shipment to
Taiwan, before storage, and after assembly.

libya
In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are hammering rebels with tanks and
rockets, which has reversed the opposition’s rapid advance into panicked
retreat.

Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless international
airstrikes continue to provide help.

World leaders who met in London agreed that Gadhafi should step down … but
have yet to decide what additional pressure to put on him.

libya terror
In related news …

The AP’s Sagar reports a top American commander says there’s some
intelligence pointing to a terrorist presence among the Libyan opposition.

iraq
At least 56 people were killed during an attack in Iraq yesterday.

Wearing military uniforms over explosives belts, gunmen held a local Iraqi
government center hostage … then executed them, including three councilmen
who were killed with gunshots to the head.

Iraqi officials were quick to blame al-Qaida in Iraq for the slaughter.

Officials are particularly sensitive about the ability of Iraqi security
forces to protect the country as U.S. troops plan to leave at the end of the
year.

japan
Japan’s government is admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to
protect a nuclear plant against the earthquake and tsunami … that crippled
the facility and caused it to leak radiation.

Japan is now promising to overhaul safety standards.

The struggle to contain radiation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has
unfolded with near-constant missteps — the latest including three workers
drenched with radioactive water despite wearing supposedly waterproof suits.

Following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, more than 11-thousand bodies
have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to
exceed 18-thousand.

Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless.

Damage could amount to 310 billion U-S dollars … the most expensive natural
disaster on record.

bedbugs
New York City opens a couple of new fronts in its war on bedbugs.

The AP’s Warren Levinson reports.

WEATHER AM …..
partly cloudy skies w/ sunny spells the north w/ a high of 22 in Taipei
…….
and cloudy skies in the center and south …
w/ a high of 26 in the Taichong and Gaoxiong areas.

Current Temperatures ….

Taipei — 18

Taichung — 20

Gaoxiong — 22