■ Travel \nTaiwanese hurt in Hawaii \nA car collided with a tour minibus carrying American and Taiwanese tourists on a rain-slick highway leading to the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, killing four people and injuring a dozen others, police said. Witnesses told police the car was heading downhill on Wednesday toward Hilo when it went out of control and crossed the centerline of the two-lane Volcano Highway before being broadsided by the oncoming minibus. The dead were Hawaii residents. A dozen passengers from the minibus were treated for minor injuries before being released from Hilo Medical Center. The minibus was making its way up the volcano to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. \n■ Politics \nHsu fasts over election \nFormer Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) has launched a hunger strike to protest the election results. Hsu said he stopped eating Wednesday night over what he claimed was an "unfair" election. Hsu left the DPP in 1999 after his failure to win its nomination for the 2000 presidential election. He ran as an independent candidate in that election. Hsu, believed to be an influential leader of the Hakka, has thrown his weight behind the opposition since his split from the DPP. Hsu was DPP chairman between 1991 and 1993 and again between 1996 and 1998. \n■ Politics \nTaipei residents petition Yu \nThe Society for the Concern for the Rights and Interests of Taipei Residents (台北市民權益關懷協會) yesterday sent a petition to Premier Yu Shyi-kun requesting that the government compensate stock investors for their losses and restore order to the daily lives of Taipei residents. The petition said the post-election pan-blue demonstration and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) refusal to halt the demonstration were "manmade factors" causing the stock market to fall by 455 points, or over NT$1 trillion, last Monday, resulting in major losses for investors.The petition said the market's fall was the result of officials neglecting their duty, which hurt the interests of the public, and therefore meets the requirements stipulated in Article 2 of the State Compensation Act (國家賠償法). The petition demanded the government compensate investors for their losses. It also demanded that authorities abide by Article 22 of the Constitution and restore the city environment and respect and guarantee the rights and interests of Taipei residents. \n■ Labor Affairs \nTaipei prints handbook \nTaipei City Government's Bureau of Labor Affairs is providing bilingual handbooks to help the more than 20,000 foreign caregivers in the city in taking care of seriously ill patients. Labor officials said that the House Maid Care Handbook is available in three different versions -- Chinese-English, Chinese-Vietnamese and Chinese-Indonesian. There are more than 32,000 foreign laborers in Taipei, of which nearly 80 percent are caregivers, the officials said. The bureau asked the Cheng Shin Rehabilitation Medical Center and its volunteer team to provide information on how to provide basic care, such as extract mucus, clean a body and train to defecate alone. Those interested in obtaining a handbook can go to the Bureau of Foreign Affairs' consultation center for foreign laborers (No. 2, Lane 101, Sec. 2, Xinsheng North Road), or call 2564-3157 or 2564-2546 for more information.
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