■ Shipwreck Fisherman missing \n \nA Vietnamese crewman working aboard a Taiwanese fishing boat is missing after his vessel sank off Taichung's harbor, according to the boat's skipper. Three Taiwanese aboard the vessel were rescued by two other fishing boats operating nearby. The man went missing after floating in the sea for hours awaiting rescue, said Hung You-yun, captain of the ill-fated Sheng Fu Fa. The boat, based out of Wuchi port in Taichung County, developed engine problems while fishing seven nautical miles from Taichung on Friday afternoon, according to Hong. An emergency exit at the stern of the ship broke loose after being battered by high seas, the boat began to take on water and sank rapidly. All four crewmen jumped overboard with life preservers. The captain and the two others -- his adult sons -- were rescued two hours later by two fishing boats that rushed to their aid, but the Vietnamese crewman was missing. A search was continuing yesterday. \n \n■ Economy \nStock plan not yet final \n \nA plan for legislation that would allow overseas companies owned by Taiwanese nationals to trade their stocks on the local bourse has not yet been finalized, an official of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday. MAC Vice Chairman Huang Chie-cheng (黃介正) said that the issue is pending discussion by related government agencies, while the MAC will have to further consult with Taiwanese businessmen operating in China about the matter. President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said earlier this week in an interview with a local television station that overseas companies owned by Taiwanese should be welcome to trade their stocks in their motherland. \n \n■ Obituary \nBusiness campaigner dies \n \nJohn C.I. Ni (黎昌意), former director-general of the Small- and Medium-sized Enterprise Administration under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 64. Ni, a prominent advocate of small- and medium-sized businesses while serving in the post and formerly Taiwan's representative to Hong Kong, died at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei. Ni was the son of Ni Yue-si (黎玉璽), once an influential figure in the military serving as chief of the general staff from 1976 to 1978 and in various other key posts. Ni Yue-si died last year. John Ni's daughter is a well-known local disc-jockey. \n \n■ Festival \nGIO lanterns shelved \n \nThe public will not be able to see the Government Information Office's (GIO) lanterns of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac during this year's Lantern Festival. Due to its limited budget, the GIO will not participate in this year's festival. For the past 12 years, the GIO had contracted private manufacturers to provide oversize lanterns of the 12 zodiac animals. The legislature froze 75 percent of the GIO's annual budget this year, forcing the office to adopt belt-tightening measures. \n \n■ Bird flu \nFact-finding trip conducted \n \nCenter for Disease Control Director-General Su Ih-jen (蘇益仁) returned from Vietnam yesterday after concluding a bird flu fact-finding trip. Su first visited the Thai capital of Bangkok on Thursday, where he met officials in charge of public health and agriculture to gain detailed information about a human death caused by the H5N1 bird flu virus in that country. From there, he proceeded to Ho Chi Minh City.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung