IP addresses top 22 million
Statistics from the Taiwan Information Network Center showed that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses registered in the nation topped 22 million last year, an increase of 22.6 percent compared with 2007, the National Communications Commission said yesterday. The number was almost equal to the nation’s population, the commission said, adding that Taiwan was ranked fourth in Asia in this category, behind only China, Japan and South Korea. “The results show that the Internet and its infrastructure are widely available to people in Taiwan,” the commission said. Statistics also showed that more than 15 million people in Taiwan used the Internet last year, with the majority of them falling into the 12 to 35 age group.
Population hits 23 million
The nation’s population stood at 23,046,177 at the end of last month, an increase of 79,718 people compared with a year earlier, the Ministry of the Interior reported on Sunday. The ministry said that the number of registered households reached 7,657,870 at the end of last month, an increase of 1.85 percent, or 139,309 households, over the same period last year. Taipei County had the greatest number of households, totaling 1,340,934 households, or 17.51 percent of the national total. Trailing Taipei County was Taipei City, with 957,954 households, or 12.51 percent of the country’s total, the ministry said. The island county of Kinmen saw the highest rate of population growth over the past year, followed by Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County. The highest rate of decline came in Lienchiang County, which includes the island of Matsu, followed by Taitung County, the ministry said. A total of 13,469 babies were born last month, for an average of one birth every 3.3 minutes, while 9,689 people died, an average of one death every 4.6 minutes. A total of 15,166 couples tied the knot last month, while 3,064 couples divorced.
KMT warns against split
The Taipei City chapter of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) warned yesterday that the pan-green camp could benefit if the pan-blue camp nominated two candidates for the legislative by-election in the city’s sixth district (Da-an, 大安). Hsu Wen-rong (徐文榮), deputy director of the chapter, urged KMT headquarters to negotiate the nomination with the New Party, which said it intended to compete for the seat. KMT Taipei City Councilor Chiang Nai-shin (蔣乃辛) won the party’s primary on Sunday and will run for the seat left vacant by former KMT legislator Diane Lee (李慶安). The KMT is scheduled to officially approve Chiang’s nomination during its Central Standing Committee meeting tomorrow.
German smuggler arrested
A German national was arrested on charges of smuggling 2.4kg of heroin into Taiwan from Thailand, police at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said yesterday. Mario Schubat, 38, was arrested on Sunday night at the airport. He had traveled on a China Airlines flight from Bangkok. Customs officers said they found the 2.4kg of heroin powder in his luggage. “He refused to say who gave him the heroin and to whom he was delivering the heroin, and refused to be questioned at night. So we will question him during the day,” an airport police officer said over the telephone. Drug trafficking carries a possible death penalty.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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
MEDICINAL HERB: The FRIL protein extracted from hyacinth beans helped laboratory mice survive H1N1 infection and effectively neutralized the coronavirus A protein isolated from hyacinth beans, a medicinal herb known for centuries, has been found to restrict the activities of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses in laboratory experiments, a team of Academia Sinica researchers said yesterday. The beans’ curative effect is documented in the 16th-century Chinese medicine classic Compendium of Materia Medica (本草綱目) and they are also a food source in some countries, the Genomics Research Center’s Chemical Biology Division Director Alex Ma (馬徹) told a news conference in Taipei. Center senior research specialist Jan Jia-tsrong (詹家琮) experimented with up to 500 medicinal herbs to see if they could restrict influenza viruses and