Police looking for rapists
Taipei police yesterday said they were investigating a case in which a female college student was raped by two men in a riverside park in Songshan District (松山) last month. Police said the victim was walking in a riverside park on Tayou Road (塔悠路) late at night when two men dragged her into a field and raped her. Police said the victim had gone home and cleaned herself up after the attack -- in the process perhaps removing some of the evidence -- before contacting police and going to a hospital. Police said they were searching surveillance footage for clues to the perpetrators' identities, but had no suspects yet. Police have increased patrols in the park at night, warning the public that rapists are often repeat offenders.
Township debates name
A plan to change the name of Sanmin Township (三民) in Kaohsiung County has hit an obstacle as residents remain divided over what to name it. A Bunun-majority township, Sanmin was called Mayatsun during Japanese colonial rule and then Maya Township (瑪雅) after World War II. It was later renamed Sanmin after Sun Yat-sen's (孫逸仙) "Three principles of the people." Officials and some locals want to change the township's name back to Maya. Although the name change is welcomed by many residents, some local elders suggest using another name, arguing that the name "Maya" was an incorrect name given by the Japanese. Officials will visit Japan to research the name before making a final decision.
Forensics experts show off
The Criminal Investigation Bureau said yesterday that 22 teams of forensics specialists from police departments nationwide would compete in a forensics contest on Saturday to determine the country's top forensic experts. The contest will take place at Taiwan Police College in Taipei. Competitors will be required to prove their prowess at extracting and matching fingerprints, photographing criminal evidence and analyzing blood stains, the bureau said. Criminal Investigation Bureau Director Huang Mao-sui (黃茂穗) said the country's forensics experts had made significant progress over the past decade in criminal scene investigation and laboratory forensics, adding that Saturday's first ever forensics contest would promote continued advances.
Bureau warns of dengue
A health official yesterday urged people traveling to the south during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday to take precautions against contracting dengue fever to avoid the spread of the mosquito-born disease. Chou Chih-hao (周志浩), deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control, said that as of last Wednesday the number of indigenous dengue fever cases had reached 451 since the beginning of summer, of which 349 case were reported in Tainan City, 61 in Kaohsiung City and 35 in Tainan County. Cases of dengue fever have also been reported in Kaohsiung, Changhua, Miaoli, Taoyuan and Ilan counties, Chou said, adding that those cases could all be traced back to Tainan or Kaohsiung cities. For this reason, he advised those traveling to the south to avoid leaving water standing around the house, as this provides mosquitos with a breeding ground. Travelers should avoid mosquitos as much as possible, Chou said.
MONITORED BY JETS: Chinese aircraft included Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, suggesting that China refueled its short-range jets during flight The air force scrambled again yesterday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Ministry of National Defense said, the latest increase in tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the nation, often in the southwestern part of its ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島). Over a four-day period beginning on Oct. 1, when China marked its national day, Taiwan said that nearly 150 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military aircraft entered its ADIZ, not territorial
The boyfriend of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) was yesterday questioned by prosecutors after Kao on Tuesday reported that he had abused her. Raphael Lin (林秉樞) was taken in for questioning at the Grand Forward Hotel in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) yesterday morning, and police confiscated his mobile phone, iPad and a data storage device, prosecutors said, adding that they have applied to place Lin in judicial detention. Lin, who does not reside at his registered address, might attempt to flee or tamper with evidence, they said, adding that he has allegedly threatened victims in earlier abuse cases
PAST CATCHING UP: Raphael Lin was last year convicted of intimidating his girlfriend at the time, and in 2015 allegedly confined his parents and assaulted his mother Doctoral student and media commentator Raphael Lin (林秉樞) is in detention and has had his communication rights limited after he was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly subjecting Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) to two days of violence in a hotel room, the New Taipei District Court said yesterday. The New Taipei City Prosecutors’ Office had filed a request to detain Lin — who was Kao’s boyfriend at the time of the incident — with the court approving the request early yesterday. The prosecutors’ office said that it is likely to charge Lin with seven offenses: assault causing bodily harm, violating
Italian Representative to Taiwan Davide Giglio has praised the nation as a “silent giant” of the global supply chain, saying he is looking forward to establishing closer cooperation with Taiwan’s world-leading semiconductor sector. “Taiwan’s role in global production chains has largely gone unnoticed until recently. This may have to do with the fact that Taiwanese companies do not always enjoy strong brand power,” Giglio said in an interview with the Central News Agency. However, a global chip shortage has brought to light Taiwan’s strength in such a strategically important sector, he said. Italy, a leader in the automotive sector, was quick to realize