Less than a week ahead of the presidential inauguration, five snakes were found at Tainan's Chi Mei Medical Center, the hospital that treated President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) after the shooting on the eve of the presidential elections. \nAccording to a public relations officer at the hospital, the snakes were found at roughly 5:30pm on Monday, when a patient had spotted them in a third floor bathroom. \nThe hospital said that the snakes were not poisonous. \nA total of five snakes were found in the hospital with three in the third floor bathroom, one by an emergency exit on the seventh floor, and one on a tenth floor skywalk connecting two hospital buildings. One of the snakes on the third floor was dead; the other four were alive when discovered. \nWhile Chi Mei hospital officials suspect that the case could be just a prank, the events have been reported to the police for further investigation. However, hospital officials pointed out that it would be difficult to draw a connection between the placement of the snakes and the March 19 shooting of Chen and Vice President Vice President Anette Lu (呂秀蓮). \nAs soon as the hospital management learned that snakes had been placed in three different locations throughout hospital buildings, the fire department had been called to deal with the snakes. \nThe hospital also said that while security cameras had been installed near the hospital's main entrances, none had been placed around emergency exits or the skywalk. As such, no footage of the placement of the snakes had been found. \nIn addition, security precautions have been heightened at the hospital in light of the discovery of the snakes in public areas.
A proposal by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to permanently ban sitting in Taipei Railway Station’s main hall has received a mixed reaction online, with some social media users vowing to launch a sit-in at the station. Gatherings at the hall have been prohibited since Feb. 29 in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s policy of reducing crowd sizes in public places. A Facebook user organizing the sit-in said that the hall is a public space and there is no legitimate reason to ban sitting on the floor. He said he suspected that the proposal was made due to business considerations and
Chinese over-the-top (OTT) service provider iQiyi cannot register as a provider in Taiwan after the Mainland Affairs Council declared it to be an illegal service, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. Both iQiyi and WeTV were deemed to be illegal Chinese OTT operators in an interdepartmental meeting on Friday last week, officials said, adding that this prohibits them from marketing their services in Taiwan or seeking subscribers. The government plans to block a local server that iQiyi has been using to transmit content to domestic audiences, which would disrupt its content transmission. OTT Entertainment Ltd, which is enlisted by iQiyi to
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying: