THSRC issues ticket warning
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) warned travelers against using modified high speed rail tickets, saying that doing so is illegal and that violators will face up to a year in jail. The THSRC issued the warning in a news release on Friday after discovering online trading of modified tickets originally sold as half-price tickets for children. The THSRC release said that some tickets bought from the ticket machines and then altered with forged ticket prices and classes were marketed on the Internet. The company has asked police to launch an investigation into the case while demanding that Internet service providers stop allowing advertising for the illegal tickets, the release said.
Taipei to promote bike rules
The Taipei City Government will hand out pamphlets and free bicycle LED lights today at Machangting Riverside Park to promote a new transportation policy that will clamp down on serious violations of traffic regulations by cyclists that will start on Sept. 1. The policy promotion event will be held at 2pm at the park by the Taipei City Police Department and is aimed at educating cyclists about traffic regulations they should follow. After the promotion period scheduled for this month and a persuasion period from July to August, cyclists who violate traffic regulations -- including riding through red lights and riding on a road's inner lanes -- will be fined from NT$300 to NT$600, according to the department.
Drug license withdrawn
The Department of Health's Bureau of Pharmaceutical Affairs is withdrawing the license for the anti-constipation drug tegasorod maleate, following in the footsteps of the US Food and Drug Administration. A risk assessment analysis from 29 clinical studies links the drug with potentially deadly cardiovascular side-effects. The US drug administration told drug company Novartis Pharmaceuticals to stop selling the drug, which is marketed as Zelnorm in the US and locally as Zelmac. Novartis has agreed to recall the stock already in stores, including stores in Taiwan. Tegasorod maleate was approved here in 2003 for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in women. "The number affected by the withdrawal should be small since the drug is not paid for by the national health insurance" said bureau director general Liao Chi-chou (廖繼州). "But for those who are taking it, there are many alternatives on the market, Liao said.
Sex use closes chatroom
The country's largest Web portal said yesterday it will shut down its chatroom service next week, after a lawmaker said it has been used extensively to offer sexual services. Yahoo Kimo, a joint venture between a Taiwanese portal and the US Yahoo Group, said its instant messaging chatroom program will shut down on Wednesday. The shutdown will help "provide [a] safer, healthier Internet environment and avoid its use by unscrupulous users," the portal said on its Web site. Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lee Chen-nan (李鎮楠) on Friday said the portal had become a haven for the sex trade, with many users offering sex in exchange for cash or gifts. After he signed up for the chatroom service, Lee said he received unsolicited messages from users he believed were underage high school girls offering sex in exchange for help in resolving their financial difficulties.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
TIME FOR CHANGE: Most of those at a public hearing organized by the DPP’s Chung Chia-pin also agreed that the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished Taiwan needs a new constitution, as the current one was adopted in Nanjing in 1946, when the Republic of China (ROC) represented all of China, while the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished, legal experts and academics said yesterday during a public hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Chang Kun-sheng (張錕盛), a law professor and secretary-general of the Taiwan Administrative Law Association, said that it is time to draft a new constitution. The ROC Constitution was adopted during a National Constituent Assembly meeting in Nanjing shortly after World War II and before the Chinese Civil War had fully erupted,
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among