The third phase of an ongoing operation to crack down on people-smuggling caught 68 illegal Chinese immigrants and 15 Taiwanese citizens, an Executive Yuan task force reported yesterday.
The latest operation began at 10pm on Saturday and was conducted by a joint force initiated by the Executive Yuan to hunt down people smugglers and manned by agents from the Coast Guard Administration and the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Since the operation began on Nov. 1 last year, 873 illegal Chinese and 236 Taiwanese had been taken into custody, said a spokesman for the task force.
The spokesman said that in accordance with Article 79 of the Statute Governing Relations Between People from the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) passed by the Legislative Yuan last year, people caught running cross-strait human trafficking operations face jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to NT$10 million if convicted.
Owners of boats used for human trafficking could have their shipping rights suspended, licenses revoked or their vessels confiscated, the spokesman said.
Executive Yuan task force officials urged the public to help law-enforcement authorities thwart cross-strait human trafficking by calling police at 110 or by calling the Coast Guard Administration at 118 if they see any suspicious individuals or activities.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by