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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ ENVIRONMENT

Cup reduction required: EPA

Retail beverage chains will be required to offer discounts to clients who bring reusable containers from Jan. 1 next year, or to offer refunds of NT$1 to consumers who return two used disposable cups, an official said yesterday. “The new regulation is part of our efforts to reduce the consumption of single-use beverage cups over environmental concerns,” said Wang Chun-yuan (王俊淵), director-general of the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Solid Waste Management Bureau. “Coffee, beverages, convenience and fast food chain stores must submit disposable drinking cup reduction plans to the EPA before the end of this year detailing their discount or incentive programs for consumers who bring reusable containers,” Wang said. “The new requirement has become necessary because huge consumption of disposable cups has not only squeezed our natural resources but also polluted our rivers and living environment,” Wang said. EPA estimates show chain stores in Taiwan consume about 1.5 billion single-use cups a year.

■ HEALTH

NTUH marks anniversary

National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) yeserday marked the 15th anniversary of its first lung transplant operation. Over the past 15 years, the hospital has performed lung transplants for 66 patients. The success rate for the last four years stands at 93 percent, with the two-year survival rate reaching 80 percent, NTUH said. Some of the survivors were invited by the hospital to share their stories at a news conference held to mark the anniversary. Among them was 48-year-old Chen Fou-yang (陳浮陽), whose lungs were severely damaged 14 years ago as a result of poisoning from sweet leaf, a tropical plant believed to be helpful for losing weight. Chen said she was later diagnosed with bronchial obstruction and had to receive a lung transplant. She is the longest-surviving lung transplant patient in the country. Hsu Shao-hsun, a surgeon at the hospital, said that lungs suitable for transplants were not easy to find. Of all organ donors, only 10 to 12 percent provide viable lungs, he said.

■ TRANSPORTATION

THSRC reaches milestone

Three-and-a-half years after commencing services, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) announced yesterday morning that it had transported its 100 millionth passenger. The passenger will receive a free ticket for use over a one-year period. THSRC is still trying to contact the 100,000,001st passenger, who purchased a ticket nine seconds after the first-prize winner. He or she will receive a free one-month ticket, THSRC said.

■ CRIME

Man gets 1,139 years

A man was sentenced yesterday to a total of 1,139 years in prison by Taoyuan District Court for sexually assaulting his teenage daughters. The man, surnamed Liao (廖), was arrested after his wife found out in September last year that he had been raping their two daughters for more than two years. The district court ruling said Liao committed over 200 sex crimes against his daughters, which accumulated into the long prison term. In practice, he will only be jailed for 30 years — the maximum prison term stipulated by the law with the exception of a life sentence. The ruling said Liao committed the crimes when his wife worked late at night by pulling the girls into his room and sexually assaulting them. Liao beat the girls if they resisted, the ruling said. Liao’s wife found out after she saw him and their older daughter walk out of the bathroom together one day, the ruling said.

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