Ten golds at Karatedo meet
Athletes grabbed 10 gold medals at this year’s Gojukai Asia-Pacific Karatedo Championships in Singapore on Saturday. National Taiwan Sport University emerged as the biggest winner, taking six gold medals. Twenty-five players from seven cities and counties competed in the tournament and garnered a total of 10 gold medals, seven silvers and 11 bronzes. The Taiwanese delegation was headed by Taiwan Gojuryu Karatedo Association president Chang Ching-li (張靜麗) and Hsinchu City Sports Federation’s Karatedo Committee chief Huang Yu-mei (黃玉梅). Huang partially credited the strong showing of the athletes to the numerous donors who paid for the team’s travel costs.
Mentally ill man not guilty
The Taiwan High Court’s Tainan branch on Friday found a man who murdered his neighbor in March last year not guilty, saying he suffered from mental illness and had claimed the Presidential Office ordered him to kill his victim. On March 4 last year, the 58-year-old defendant followed his neighbor, surnamed Lin, into his home and killed him with a knife. The defendant was arrested near the scene of the crime and was in a relaxed mood. The court said the defendant, who had hallucinations that Lin was blackmailing him for NT$3 million (US$94,300), told his victim: “If you don’t stop blackmailing me, I will kill you.” The defendant told the court that the Presidential Office had ordered him to kill his neighbor. Though he was found not guilty, the defendant will have to receive mental treatment for five years. Tainan prosecutors said yesterday they would appeal the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that while the defendant’s judgment was impaired, he should nevertheless receive a jail sentence.
With their hunting instinct and acute sense of smell, beagles may be the perfect sniffer dogs for the nation’s airports, but their nature also makes then more likely to become victims of abandonment, the Kaohsiung City Government’s Animal Protection Educational Shelter said yesterday. The shelter said more than half of the nine beagles it currently housed had been abandoned by their owners, who could not stand the animals’ body odor and barking. “It seems the owners forgot why they brought the dogs home in the first place,” the shelter said. The strong odor and barking are simply part of the dogs’ nature, since they are small hounds that are very active and like to chase small animals, the shelter said. However, this trait also makes beagles perfect home watchers, the shelter said, urging residents to consider bringing them home.
Hairy crabs to double
Hairy crab production was expected to more than double this year, to the delight of local gourmets, the Fisheries Agency Director-General James Sha (沙志一) said over the weekend. Sha said Taiwanese aquaculturists produced 400,000 hairy crabs — also known as dazha crabs — last year, and the number was expected to reach 1 million this year. However, because of warmer weather this year, the production time could be delayed and prices were not certain, Sha said, estimating that the high season for the delicacy could come around the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept. 22 this year. Sha said that since Taiwan banned imports of mature crabs from China, Taiwanese aquaculturists have been increasing their imports of crab larvae from Hong Kong and China.
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
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
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by