Flower market extends time
Taipei flower market will be open 24 hours from Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 and an event will be held on Feb. 21 to greet the Lunar New Year, a Taipei flower market spokesman said yesterday. Taipei Flower Auction Manager Chen Ken-wang (陳根旺) said the 24-hour opening period will allow people to purchase flowers for the Lunar New Year and added that six lessons on how to make flower arrangements will be offered daily during that period. The flower market will open Feb. 17 from 1am to 1pm, will be closed from Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 and reopen on Feb. 23. On Feb. 21, a turnip painting activity for 30 kindergarten and elementary school students and a cat-tail willow peeling activity for 30 pairs of people will be held at 10am and 11am, respectively. Chen said that cat-tail willows, kumquat, guzmania and moth orchids are all favorites for the Spring Festival.
Bank chief may be detained
Taipei Prosecutor Lu Hsiao-yun (盧筱筠) yesterday filed a request to detain The Chinese Bank (中華銀行) vice president Wang Lin-chiao (王令僑), but decided to release Yi-feng Asset Management Co chairman Lawrence Wang (王令興) on NT$5 million (US$152,000) bail. Late last night, judges decided to grant Lu's detention request. Prosecutors said they discovered that The Chinese Bank had sold bad debts to Yi-feng Asset Management at "unreasonably low prices," resulting in massive losses of NT$47.9 million for the bank (US$1.5 million). Lu also released Yi-feng's general manager Lee Teh-yang (李德洋) on NT$1 million bail yesterday. Both Wang Lin-chiao and Lawrence Wang are the sons of the founder and owner of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group Wang You-theng (王又曾), who fled abroad with his fourth wife Wang Chin She-ying (王金世英) before the financial scandal erupted.
MOFA cracks down on fraud
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that it would work closely with the National Police Agency to crack down on Taiwanese fraudsters in South Korea lest they tarnish the nation's image. Ministry officials said that from September to last month, South Korean police arrested a number of Taiwanese fraudsters who had traveled to the country to claim fraudulently obtained money. Taiwan's representative office in Seoul estimated that there were 14 such cases involving 30 Taiwanese. The fraudsters allegedly called up South Korean residents to say that their children had been kidnapped and demanded a ransom. Other criminals used forged credit cards, they added. The ministry issued a public reminder that those who plan to travel to South Korea should not collect money on behalf of other people.
Lu lauds assistance project
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday that a government project aimed at helping women which had been launched at her request had performed fairly well in recent years. "I set the goal of helping 100,000 women enter the job market in 2006 and 2007. As of last September, 90,000 women had found jobs," Lu said in a statement. The vice president said that the purpose of the project was to provide women with the necessary assistance to help them conciliate family responsibilities and their careers and to help housewives reintegrate the job market.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up