Taiwan's representative to Malaysia yesterday presented an additional US$30,000 to the country for relief efforts in tsunami-affected areas. \nWu Wen-ya (吳文雅), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, said that when Taiwan was hard hit by the deva-stating magnitude 7.6 earthquake of Sept. 21, 1999, it received assistance from Malaysia and other countries. \nTaiwan's government and its people emphasize with those in South Asia who suffered tremendously in the disaster wrought by the tsunami which was triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake in Sumatra on Dec. 26, Wu said. \nHe said the US$30,000 is an expression of concern from Taiwan for the people in the affected areas. \nThe government has already donated US$50 million for the relief of tsunami-affected areas in Southeast Asia. \nMeanwhile, a Taiwanese medical team left for tsunami-ravaged Thailand yesterday, equipped with 1.5 tonnes of supplies to help curb possible disease outbreaks there, officials said. \nThe 17 disease-control experts were sent by the Department of Health to the resort island of Phuket, which is one of the worst-hit areas. \n"We will send more people in the following three months to collaborate with the World Health Organization in its relief efforts," Center for Disease Control director Kuo Hsu-sung (郭旭崧) said. \nA rescue team organized by the Taipei government has returned from the Indonesian city of Medan after dropping some 3.5 tonnes of relief and medical items. \nThe disaster has left more than 150,000 people dead, with 52 countries reporting their nationals were killed or injured when the tsunamis hit Indian Ocean coastlines on Dec. 26. \nThree Taiwanese vacationing in Thailand were killed.
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
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
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