Caribbean support offered
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines firmly support Taiwan's objection to China's attempt to enact an "anti-secession law, " an official from Taiwan's embassy in the Caribbean country said Friday. The diplomat said that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' Deputy Prime Minister Louis Straker, who doubles as the foreign affairs minister, said in a statement March 10 that his country firmly supports Taiwan's opposition to enactment of the law, which authorizes Beijing to use "non-peaceful means" should Taiwan move toward independence. Noting that Taiwan has contributed significantly to the development of every sector of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' economy since the two countries established diplomatic relations two decades ago, Straker said his country and government support Taiwan's status as an independent country and the Taiwan people's right to decide their own future.
Pet vaccines available
The Council of Agriculture (COA) said that vaccines for cats and dogs are in sufficient supply and urged owners to take their pets to the veterinarian to receive their regular shots. The government lifted late last year the ban on imports from the US of cat and dog vaccines containing ruminant serum, and that so far, 409,761 doses have been imported. The officials said that in view of the fact that around 70,000 doses on average are used in Taiwan every month, the current supply should be sufficient to meet demand for the first half of the year. They reminded pet owners to take their cats and dogs to veterinarians to receive vaccinations regularly to ensure their pet's health and to avoid diseases that could be contracted by people.
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
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
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