Plane blows tires on landing
An Eva Airways flight from Shanghai to Taiwan blew three tires on Thursday after landing at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, a spokesman for the carrier said yesterday, adding that there were no injuries. Flight BR701, carrying 284 passengers and crew, took off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 8:05pm on Thursday and landed in Taiwan at 9:40pm, 20 minutes ahead of schedule, according to the spokesman. The plane blew three of its eight main tires on its left-hand side when it skidded on a taxiway near a terminal after making a safe landing. The Civil Aeronautics Administration’s Aviation Safety Council immediately launched an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.
Taiwan to sell eggs to HK
The Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday Taiwan is planning to sell eggs to Hong Kong in an attempt to alleviate excess domestic supply. Hsu Kuei-sen (許桂森), head of the council’s Department of Animal Industry, said high summer temperatures have boosted egg production to 18 million per day and caused supply to outstrip local demand of 17 million eggs per day. This has caused egg prices to fall to about NT$28 (US$0.87) per kilogram from an April peak of NT$42. Hsu said the current price does not even cover the cost of production. He said Hong Kong is willing to buy the eggs at no more than NT$30 per kilo — which is still lower than cost — but the exports will help reduce the glut on the domestic market.
Mailiao to sign MOU
Residents of Mailiao Township (麥寮) in Yunlin County agreed on Thursday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Formosa Plastics Group, agreeing to accept a compensation offer of NT$252 million (US$7.81 million) in the first year for damage caused by two recent fires at its petrochemical complex. Township chief Lin Sung-li (林松利), presented the MOU proposal endorsed by township representatives to company officials to be signed by the group. Under its terms, The company will subsidize the electricity bills and medical fees of residents who suffered as a result of the fires at the company’s naphtha cracking plant in Mailiao. Company officials said they hoped signing the MOU, which will be witnessed by the Environmental Protection Administration, would end the dispute and help maintain an amicable partnership with residents. Two separate fires that broke out on July 7 and July 25 sent choking black smoke belching into the air for several days, polluting the air and causing panic among people living nearby.
Man dies of A(H1N1)
A 50-year-old man from southern Taiwan died of influenza A (H1N1) three days ago, bringing the number of H1N1 deaths in Taiwan to 50 since the outbreak of the flu strain early last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said the latest victim had chronic high blood pressure and cirrhosis of the liver. He went to the doctor on Aug. 23 with a fever, cough and sore throat, Chou said. The man was rushed to hospital in Kaohsiung last Saturday as he was having difficulty breathing. He was confirmed to be H1N1 positive on Monday and died the next day, Chou said. Of the 50 H1N1 deaths to date, 49 were people who had not been vaccinated against the virus, Chou said, again urging the public to get the vaccine.
FOSSIL CLUES: The bushfires resulted from a positive Indian Ocean dipole event, when the region east of the ocean becomes drier, professor Shen Chuan-chou said The bushfires that swept through Australia last year were connected to a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean dipole (IOD), which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change, a geologist studying coral fossils said yesterday. National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences professor Shen Chuan-chou (沈川洲) since 2001 has been working with Australian and US researchers to study climate systems in the Indian Ocean. Led by Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences professor Nerilie Abram, the team published a paper on IOD in the journal Nature on March 9. The bushfires resulted from a positive IOD event, when the
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
A survey has found that 37.3 percent of transgender people in the nation have experienced gender-related discrimination or bullying in the workplace, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights said yesterday. The alliance’s survey showed that 55.41 percent of transgender people said that they had been afraid to use a public restroom, 18.53 percent had been harassed or attacked in public, while 15.83 percent had been afraid to ask a police officer or other professional for help. The survey, conducted from March 14 to Wednesday last week, was based on 518 valid responses from transgender people aged 14 to 78, the