■ Consumer safety
Hair dyes dangerous
Sixty-seven percent of hair dye products sold on the Taiwanese market contain p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an irritating chemical that can lead to allergies and even cancer, the results of a survey released yesterday by the Consumers' Foundation showed. The survey was conducted on nine hair dye products purchased by the foundation from cosmetics and beauty product stores in the Taipei area on Feb. 5, foundation officials said. The survey found that six of the products contained PPD and four of these did not issue any warnings for consumers, the officials said. Hsu Wan-sheng (許萬盛), a member of the foundation's medical disputes committee, said that PPD can trigger allergic reactions such as swelling and rashes.
Nauru to open embassy
Nauru will establish an embassy in Taiwan in March and the country's new ambassador, Ludwig Keke, has already arrived, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday. Donald Lee (李傳通), director-general of the ministry's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, yesterday said Nauru had enjoyed smooth interactions with Taiwan since the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 2005 . Lee said he believed "the diplomatic ties between two nations will develop well" after the embassy is opened. Nauru switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in July 2002 but restored ties with Taipei in May 2005. Nauruan President Ludwig Scotty will sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on labor affairs with Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) tomorrow.
Reporter charged with theft
Criminal Investigation Bureau authorities arrested a Taiwan Television Enterprise reporter yesterday for alleged theft in an extortion case involving a Japanese doctor who reportedly sold fugitive businessman Wang You-theng (王又曾) medicine to treat erectile dysfunction. The reporter, surnamed Chen, allegedly raided Isamu Karashima's Taipei office last week with three men posing as police officers and threatened to expose Isamu for practicing medicine without a license. Police detained and questioned Chen for stealing Isamu's computer last night, while investigators sought to keep Chen in custody to prevent him from colluding with other suspects, local media said. Chen reportedly admitted to taking Isamu's computer, but said that he had done so with the doctor's permission.
Bad meat suspects released
The Pingtung District Prosecutor's Office yesterday released 11 suspects on bail after law enforcement officers had detained them the previous day on charges of selling tainted pork from sick and dead hogs. The environmental police busted the ring in Pingtung County's Changchih Township (長治) and in the city of Pingtung, seizing 5,500kg of tainted pork. The ring's members included seven people with a license to transport sick and dead hogs for safe disposal, as well as several hired hands. Law enforcement officers found that the licensees had actually been butchering the sick and dead hogs and selling the tainted meat. The crackdown in Pingtung County came after police in Yunlin County raided five illegal slaughterhouses on Feb. 1, arresting one suspect and seizing 30 tonnes of tainted pork believed to have been stashed to meet the increased demand for meat during the Lunar New Year holiday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day