Former premier to visit US
Former premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) will lead a delegation of lawmakers and business leaders to Washington on Feb. 4 to attend the National Prayer Breakfast and a forum sponsored by a US think tank. On Feb. 5, Liu will participate in a forum jointly sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Taiwanese Association of America. He will discuss with US academics topics related to the future of Taiwan-US ties after the recent controversy over US beef imports to Taiwan. The former premier will also give a speech at the forum.
Police track diamond thief
Police said yesterday they were working with their counterparts in Japan to trace a man they believe has stolen valuable diamond rings in both countries. The man took millions of dollars worth of jewelry from a De Beers shop at Taipei 101, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. He did so by pretending to be a customer shopping for a ring for his sister, the bureau said. He was accompanied by a local woman, who said she was approached by the man who claimed to be a foreign tourist and needed someone to try the ring on for him, the bureau said.
‘Cape No. 7’ to go musical
The director of the nation’s most successful recent blockbuster — Cape No. 7 (海角七號) — is working on a musical version of the movie, sources said. Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖) is planning to adapt the movie about two love stories between two Taiwanese-Japanese couples into a musical, but the time frame has not been finalized, said Lian Yi-chou (連乙州), a producer with Taiwan’s Dafeng Theater Company. Cape No. 7, is the second-best-selling film in Taiwanese history.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”