Cruise missiles in production
Taiwan has confirmed for the first time that it is mass--producing cruise missiles, despite growing ties with China. “Mass production of indigenous weapons like the ones under the codenames of ‘Chichun’ and ‘Chuifeng’ is going very smooth,” Deputy Minister of National Defense Chao Shih-chang (趙世璋) told the legislature on Wednesday. “The problems with key parts and components that had previously stalled manufacturing have been tackled,” he said. The Chichun project refers to the Hsiung Feng IIE cruise missile, Taiwan’s answer to the US-made Tomahawk. Chuifeng is a project developing the nation’s long--anticipated supersonic anti-ship missile. The missiles could be launched from land or sea and would be capable of striking targets in southeast China, as well as cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, local media said.
NIA cracks counterfeit ring
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday it has cracked a counterfeit ring that was producing ID cards for illegal foreign workers in Taiwan. The ring is probably the country’s largest fake ID syndicate targeting runaway foreign workers as its clientele, the agency said. In a joint operation launched by the agency and police early yesterday, 15 suspects were arrested at various locations in Taipei city and county, Hsinchu County and Miaoli County. Computers, printers and thousands of fake Alien Resident Certificates, work permits and national health insurance cards were seized. The lead suspect, identified by his surnamed Hsiao (蕭), told police that the forged documents were intended for sale to labor brokers, insurance agents, foreign workers and contractors of major construction projects where foreign labor might be needed.
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
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
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