Macau, HK offices open soon
Taiwan’s offices in Macau and Hong Kong will begin operations next month and in March respectively, the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday. This follows the opening of the Macau Economic and Cultural Office and the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei on Dec. 2 and Dec. 19, respectively. The quasi-official representative offices will facilitate economic, cultural, educational, tourism and medical exchanges between Taiwan and the two Chinese territories, the council said. They will also provide overseas emergency assistance to Hong Kong and Macau residents in Taiwan and help Taiwanese with affairs related to travel to the two regions, the council said. John Leung (梁志仁) will assume the post as the new director of the Hong Kong office, while Nadia Leong (梁潔芝), secretary-general of Macau’s Tourism Development Committee, will head the Macau office.
Taiwanese pavilion opens
A pavilion dedicated to the sales of Taiwanese fruits, vegetables and marine products in a popular Shanghai shopping mall began operating yesterday, the Council of Agriculture said. Nearly 300 agricultural products are being sold on the ground floor of the Sun Moon Light Central Square, said Chang Shu-hsien (張淑賢), director-general of the council’s Department of International Affairs. The pavilion is operated by Greater Tainan-based Uni-President Dream Parks Corp under the council’s guidance, Chang said. As the mall is near the popular tourist attraction of Tianzifang, a block of alleyways that retains the look of old Shanghai, it is a good venue to showcase Taiwan’s high-quality fresh produce to as many people as possible, Chang said.
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