Coolness monitors wanted
Environmentalists from the Homemaker's Union and Foundation yesterday urged the public to take a thermometer with them whenever they visit a government agency and report any office with air-conditioners set below 26?C. They said the public could report to the foundation at 02-236-86211 and it would publicize the energy-wasting government agencies, which they said are supposed to set a good example. A Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker said 300 million units of electricity could be saved over the summer if consumers set their air-conditioners just 1?C higher.
Anniversary celebrations set
The Ministry of National Defense will hold a series of activities before and after the Anti-Japanese Aggression Victory Day next Thursday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of that day, ministry officials said yesterday. On Wednesday, a military band parade will be held at the courtyard of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in the afternoon, and a concert will be held at the hall at night. A historical play titled A Heart of Steel will be staged at a Taipei cultural center on the nights of July 8 and 9. It is hoped that the activities will help the public remember the days when all the people united around the nation to fight the invading Japanese army during the eight-year anti-aggression period, the officials said. With the changing times, "the cause of the war may be forgiven, but the lesson of history must never be forgotten," they said.
Nicaraguan official to visit
Nicaraguan Vice Minister of Health Israel Kontorovsky is due to arrive on Monday for a five-day visit, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The aim of Kontorovsky's visit is to gain an understanding of Taiwan's success in stamping out malaria and its measures to prevent enterovirus and the spread of dengue fever, the spokesman said. While here, Kontorovsky will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) as well as officials from the Department of Health and Academia Sinica members. Kontorovsky, who assumed the post last December, is considered to be very friendly toward Taiwan.
Tainan chief pushing fruit
Tainan County Commissioner Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智) is scheduled to leave for Japan on Monday to promote fruit exports. Su will visit Tokyo and Osaka. He will preside over a Taiwanese fruit sampling activity in Osaka on July 7. At a news conference at Tainan County Hall, Su said Tainan's mango exports to Japan are expected to grow substantially this year, following the inauguration of two fruit-disinfecting facilities. In the near future, oranges, tangerines, pomelos and star fruit are also expected to be exported to Japan as long as they go through quarantine before shipment, he said. He said Taiwan's fruit exports are now on the right path. "It was a wrong choice to only export fruit to China," he said. He said the government should also try to open markets in Europe.
Wheelchairs to be donated
The Japanese social welfare group Kousaikai will donate 90 wheelchairs to nine of its counterparts in Taiwan next week. About 600 members of the group will travel to Taipei, where a ceremony to present the wheelchairs will be held on Wednesday. Taiwan has received 78 wheelchairs so far.
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