Ship sinks off Philippines
Four of five crewmembers working on a Taiwan--registered fishing boat were rescued as it sank off the northwest coast of the Philippines early yesterday. The Chen Fa Tsai’s Taiwanese skipper and first mate and two Indonesian crewmembers were rescued by another Taiwan--registered fishing boat at about 7am before the vessel sank, Taiwan’s representative office in Manila said. The ship’s other Indonesian crewmember remained missing, and Philippine coast guard officials were still searching for him, the office said early yesterday afternoon. The rescued crewmembers are now on their way back to Taiwan. The office said it first received notification from the Coast Guard Administration at about 11:50pm on Saturday.
Smartphones aid clean up
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has developed a system for reporting dirty public places to the local government’s cleaning squads directly through smartphones. Using the GPS, photographic and Internet features of smartphones, the system allows members of the public to upload images of trash, pet excrement and other messy areas, with the location and time automatically recorded. The EPA said the system would focus on smartphones with the Android operating system, which currently has the largest market share in Taiwan.
FOOD & DRINK
Bubble tea ranked 25th
A poll by CNN travel Web site CNNGo.com of the top 50 drinks in the world has ranked Taiwanese bubble tea No. 25. The list, unveiled on Saturday, was topped by plain water, Coca-Cola and Ethiopian coffee. Bubble tea drew attention for its variety and the popular chewy “pearls” made of tapioca. “More bubble than tea, this is a tea-slash-milk-slash-fruit drink and its most famous variety includes chewy ‘pearls,’ resembling oversized frogspawn, at the bottom that you suck up with an oversized straw,” CNN said of the drink. “It sounds weird, but it has become a favorite drink snack among Asia’s millions of young shoppers.” Water was chosen as the No. 1 drink because “as the base of every other drink on this list, of every food in the world and indeed of all life, nothing beats a glass of pure, unsullied water for its thirst-quenching, revitalizing, life-giving properties.”
Cross-strait tea final held
The final of an inaugural cross-strait tea competition took place in Chiayi yesterday, where some of the Taiwan’s best tea is grown. Based on the evaluation of five judges — two from China and three from Taiwan — Taiwan had the best showing in varieties of tea in final of the high-mountain tea category, which focuses on teas grown in areas at altitudes of more than 1,000m. However, Chinese varieties dominated the tieguanyin category. Tieguanyin is a type of Oolong tea. Organized by two tea associations from Alishan in Taiwan and Xiamen in China, the winter tea final came after two preliminary rounds were held in the two countries on Dec. 1. It also marked the first time that China-grown tea leaves have competed in Taiwan. The competition was part of Chiayi County’s efforts to promote Alishan tea in China, where it is already a popular Taiwanese product, the Chiayi County Government said.
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying:
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while