Argentina detains fishermen
Argentine navy officials captured a Taiwanese-flagged trawler for alleged illegal fishing in its waters, officials in Buenos Aires said in a statement on Tuesday. The boat, identified as Yuanfa No 16, was intercepted on Monday 199 nautical miles (368.5km) from Comodoro Rivadavia, in the southern province of Chubut, loaded with 39 tonnes of squid, they said. The crew of 27, hailing from China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam, did not offer resistance when informed they were fishing in Argentine waters, the statement said.
Partying takes its toll
Partied-out New Year revellers have been seeking medical treatment in droves for colds, sore throats and other ailments sustained during New Year's Eve celebrations, according to Charles Tseng (曾哲凰) of Kaohsiung's Geetian Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. Many of those who failed to dress warmly came down with colds, while some of those who welcomed the new year with loud cheers ended up with sore and inflamed throats, he said. Because most clinics were closed on Monday, patients had to wait until Tuesday for treatment, he said. He said more than 20 people turned up at his hospital on Tuesday, mostly as a result of the year-end party frenzy. The big crowds attending such events and the fact that Taiwan is in its peak flu season increased the likelihood of infection, he said.
Nicaragua trip not final
The Presidential Office yesterday said President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) possible trip to Nicaragua had not yet been finalized, despite media reports claiming that Chen was planning to make a stopover in Los Angeles on his way to the Central America ally. Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was still working on the details and nothing was final at this point. Ministry Spokesman David Wang (王建業) said details would be made public once everything was settled. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) and United Daily News both reported yesterday that Chen was scheduled to leave on a five-day journey to Nicaragua on Monday. The reports also said Chen might send an envoy to attend the inauguration of Nicaraguan president-elect Daniel Ortega on Wednesday. The Central News Agency yesterday quoted a source in Washington as saying that Los Angeles was not being considered for a transit stop. Taiwan's Representative to Washington David Lee (李大維) also said that the trip had not been finalized and he was still negotiating details with the US government.
International exhibit planned
The Taipei International Arts Village (TAV) will be hosting exhibitions featuring works by three international artists in residence this year. Poet Erik Lindner from Holland and visual artists William Attaway from the US and Higashiro Tetsushi from Japan were invited by the TAV's International Artist-in-Residence Program, which aims at providing a center in Taipei for bringing local and international artists together and facilitating intercultural collaboration. As the first international artist to stay at the TAV in 2001, Lindner said unique experiences during his stay, including Typhoon Nari, had inspired him and would be the topic of poems about his residence. The TAV exhibits are open to the public. Details can be found on the village's Web site, www.artistvillage.org
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