Carbon measuring launched
Taiwan launched its first carbon footprint calculation scheme for the aviation industry yesterday in an effort to prepare for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which will take effect next year. The program is designed to help airports, airlines and ground service companies better understand their carbon emissions amid increasing concern over global warming, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. In the preliminary stage of the program, the CAA plans to monitor flights to and from Magong Airport in Penghu to keep a record of their greenhouse gas emissions. The calculations would follow a British Standards Institution-approved procedure, CAA Director-General Yin Chen-pong (尹承蓬) said. The agency will take a variety of measures to cut down on an assumed consumption of 52kg of carbon dioxide per passenger per one-way flight, Yin said, adding that these could include introducing new aircraft and hybrid vehicles for ground services.
Group releases sinus book
A medical organization released a handbook on sinus infections yesterday, urging people to download a free version online. Although one in every four Taiwanese is estimated to have experienced some degree of sinus infection, not many understand its causes and treatments, Fang Sheen-yie (方深毅) of the Taiwan Rhinology Society said. Most sinus infections are treated with medication — surgery is only advised for people with complications that are difficult to treat, said Huang Hung-meng (黃弘孟), deputy superintendent at Taipei City Hospital’s Yangming branch. The Chinese-language handbook, presented in a -question-and-answer format, is available for download on the organization’s Web site and will be distributed for free at major hospitals nationwide.
Crackdown on bets pledged
Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) yesterday pledged to crack down on betting on the outcome of the presidential election. Huang made the pledge as reports were emerging that vote-related gambling was taking place in the less-policed central and southern regions. “I’ve ordered prosecutors to do everything they can to battle illegal operations linked to the elections. Clean elections are our goal,” he said. Huang said the authorities have received 294 reports of suspected gambling and other economic crimes linked to the election. There is growing concern that gambling might fuel election violence, because people who have placed large bets on one side winning may seek to harm candidates to tilt the result in their favor.
Hsu Hua-feng passes away
Actress Hsu Hua-feng (徐華鳳) passed away in Greater Taichung yesterday after battling stomach cancer for a number of years. She was 41. According to Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Hsu checked in on Thursday last week and died early yesterday of organ failure. Her husband was at her bedside. Hsu was diagnosed with having stage-three cancer three years ago and later had her stomach removed. At one time, she seemed to have her cancer in control and married her longtime boyfriend in Bali, Indonesia, in 2009. Despite long and painful cancer treatments, Hsu remained optimistic and shared her experiences of fighting cancer with the public. She also expressed her wish to be pregnant and become a mother. Hsu appeared in numerous TV dramas, including Meteor Garden (流星花園).