Poll gamblers busted: police
Police have broken up a suspected underground bookmaking ring in Chiayi that was taking bets on the outcome of Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections. Eight suspected bookmakers were referred for prosecution on charges of gambling and hampering voting yesterday after they were questioned by police overnight. They allegedly had received more than NT$2 million (US$66,800) in bets from gamblers on the elections. Also yesterday, police in Hsinchu City announced they had shut down another underground bookmaking ring that mainly operated in the north and had arrested 16 people. Bets collected by that ring allegedly totaled more than NT$100 million, but the suspects denied that any of the bets they took were placed on the outcomes of Saturday’s polls.
Antibiotics in poo too high
The amount of antibiotics found in the nation’s sewage system is hundreds of times higher than the amounts found in sewage systems in Europe and the US, a hospital official said yesterday. The amounts of sulfonamides, tetracyclines and quinolone antibiotics found in the country’s sewage systems are 125 times, 143 times and 579 times higher, respectively, than those found in the sewage systems in Europe and the US, Kao Shu-min (高淑敏), a section chief of medicine department at National Cheng Kung University Hospital said, citing Department of Health research results. When the sewage is released into the environment, viruses are exposed to the antibiotics, which could lead them to develop resistance to antibiotics, she said. Kao said the high percentage of antibiotics in the sewage system had “a lot to do” with the public’s lack of knowledge about how to