‘Miracle’ triplets conceived
A woman in Kaohsiung was recently found to be pregnant with identical triplets despite using a contraceptive device. The odds of naturally conceiving identical triplets are one in 200 million, even lower than the chances of winning the lottery, said Kuo Hung-chang (郭鴻璋), who runs the clinic in the southern city where the woman went for a checkup. The woman, in her 30s, was found to be nine weeks pregnant with identical triplets when she first visited the clinic five weeks ago, the doctor said. Kuo described the triplets as being in good shape so far and said they remained separate from one another, but he said he was surprised by what he saw. The low odds of naturally conceiving triplets and the 5 percent failure rate for the contraceptive device used by the woman made the outcome hard to believe, the doctor said.
Clinic raided over drugs
Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) officials yesterday raided the Kang-ning Clinic in Neihu (內湖), Taipei, and summoned its owner, Lee Chia-hung (李佳竑) for questioning, on suspicion that the clinic has been forging prescriptions and acquiring controlled drugs for resale to drug users. Investigators seized more than 200 documents and about 7,500 pills in the raid. The MJIB said the clinic was suspected of acquiring 230,000 Stilnox pills and 20,000 Rohypnol pills selling them illegally. Investigators also arrested Chen Ting-kuo (陳定國) on suspicions of buying the pills from the clinic and selling them to drug addicts.
Young tourists up 16%
The number of young travelers visiting Taiwan this year grew 16 percent from a year earlier, according to a report released yesterday by the National Youth Commission. Citing data from the National Immigration Agency, the report said Taiwan had 1.23 million foreign nationals aged 15 to 30 arrive in the country last year, up from 1.06 million in 2009. Digital Tour Buddy, a travel service system that allows travelers to rent cellphones for free, reflects the trend of increasing travelers, the commission said. Other features attracting overseas travelers are volunteers who serve as local tour guides for foreign travelers. The commission said the majority of young travelers were female, accounting for 57 percent of total arrivals. Of them, 51 percent were from Asia, mostly from Japan and with a strong contingency from Malaysia.
Women’s exhibit opens
An exhibition focusing on Taiwan’s historic female figures opened on Monday in Washington as part of the celebration of the Republic of China’s (ROC) centennial year. The exhibition, organized by Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), highlights the dedication of women’s and feminist movements in Taiwan over the past 100 years, TECRO said. It depicts the evolution of women’s roles over that time and emphasizes the importance of women’s rights and education, TECRO added. Among the women featured is Minnie Mackay, who set up the first girls’ school in Taiwan in 1884 and opened education to women in Taiwan, TECRO said. The contributions made by Soong Meiling (宋美齡), the wife of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), during World War II are also showcased in the exhibition, which runs through Aug. 14. Soong successfully convinced the US to help the ROC with her public address to both houses of the US Congress on Feb. 18, 1943, TECRO said.