Police sergeant arrested
Taoyuan prosecutors yesterday arrested a sergeant from Taoyuan County Police Department’s criminal investigation team and summoned a military prosecutor regarding allegations of involvement in an incident in which gangsters disturbed a restaurant during a wedding banquet in December. Taoyuan prosecutors said that Sergeant Wang Yun-hui (王雲輝), 39, had a quarrel with the waiters while having dinner with a suspected gangster. Identifying himself as a police officer, Wang allegedly said he would seek revenge by doing whatever he could to hurt the restaurant’s business. A few days later, Wang Po-yuan (王柏元), 30, a member of the Celestial Way gang, led a group of 10 to the restaurant, which was hosting a wedding banquet. They began smashing furniture and managed to disrupt the dinner. Five gang members were arrested. During the investigation, prosecutors also discovered that Yang Wan-yu (楊萬郁), a military prosecutor, was at the scene when the disturbance occurred, but he did not try to stop it. Yang was summoned as a witness.
Medics visit Nicaragua
A medical team organized by Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is in Nicaragua offering free services to people in remote areas, diplomatic sources said yesterday. At a clinic last Thursday in Pantasma, which is a four-hour drive from the capital Managua, the team provided free ultrasonic services for pregnant women who wanted to know the gender of their babies. The 33-member team of specialist doctors, other medical personnel and volunteers then headed to Matiguas and Muy Muy in the north, where they set up other free clinics. The mission, headed by Liu Chi-chun (劉啟群), also met Nicaraguan Vice President Jaime Morales in Managua. Ambassador to Nicaragua Wu Chin-mu (吳進木) passed on the appreciation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to the team for its work. The mission in Nicaragua was scheduled to return to Taiwan yesterday after the five-day visit.
Veterans honor comrades
A group of veterans who survived a protracted Chinese artillery bombardment on Kinmen more than 50 years ago traveled to the island on Sunday to pay tribute to their fallen comrades. A total of 77 veterans, accompanied by Lu Fang-yen (呂芳煙), chairman of the 823 Artillery Bombardment Veterans and Friends Association, flew to Kinmen to attend a commemoration ceremony in honor of the soldiers who gave their lives to safeguard Taiwan against a Chinese invasion on Aug. 23, 1958. “I came to mourn my brothers in arms so that they won’t be lonely,” Lu said. “Although our military success secured peace in the Taiwan Strait for 50 years, the battle brought tragedy to many people on both sides of the Strait,” Lu said.
Air Force transfers hangar
The Air Force has handed over one of its hangars at Taipei Songshan Airport to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), which will use it to accommodate private jets as part of the country’s first business aviation area. Air Force deputy chief of staff Major General Han Geng-sheng (韓更生) told a news conference yesterday that the hangar was transferred last Wednesday “on loan,” although the transfer will eventually be permanent after related legal procedures are completed. “We absolutely support the government’s policy to set up a business aviation zone at the airport as long as it does not compromise the operation of Songshan Air Base,” Han said.
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,”
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung