Couples eye 10/10 wedding
This year Double Ten National Day falls on a Monday, making it a long weekend, and household registration offices have reported that they have received applications from more than 100 couples who want to register their wedding on that day. Su Li-ching (蘇麗清), director of the Tsoying Household Registration Office in Greater Kaohsiung, said that to facilitate such couples, household registration offices would handle their applications for reservations until Oct. 7. Many couples have also expressed a wish to complete their registration at exactly 10:10am, making the memorable moment even more auspicious, she added. Meanwhile, Alishan National Scenic Area said it is inviting 16 couples to take part in a romantic wedding under a sacred tree cluster on the mountain. The couples can exchange their vows under the trees that are more than 1,000 years old on Oct. 31. Interested couples can register with the scenic area administration.
Nanjing flights planned
Taitung County is planning to launch scheduled flights to Nanjing, China, on Nov. 2, Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) announced yesterday. One flight per week is expected to operate on the route, departing from Taitung Airport for Nanjing Lukou International Airport on Wednesdays and returning on Thursdays, Huang said. The service is expected to help attract tourists from eastern China to Taitung, he said. In related news, Eastday.com, a news portal in Shanghai, China, reported that more than 700 free independent tourists (FIT) from China have traveled to Taiwan via Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport since the FIT program was launched on June 28.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
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Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up