Men arrested in Philippines
Two Taiwanese were arrested in the Philippine province of Batangas yesterday on charges of illegal mining, according to local police. A brief report by Batangas police said that a 69-year-old man from Taipei, identified only by his surname, Wang (王), along with an accomplice also named Wang from Kaohsiung, were arrested in Tanauan City in northeastern Batangas. Local police said the two men employed several people to engage in the illegal activity and were reported to police by other villagers. According to Philippine environment protection authorities, the two men did not have mining licenses.
EVA to fly to NYC direct
EVA Airways said it would launch direct round-trip flights from Taipei to New York City beginning on June 18, which will shorten flight times by nearly three hours. The new schedule will make EVA, the country’s second-biggest international carrier, the only airline to fly nonstop between Taoyuan International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport in both directions. EVA Air currently flies four weekly flights nonstop from Taipei to New York, but makes a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska on the return flight because of strong headwinds. The carrier has decided to sacrifice the amount of cargo it carries on the New York--Taipei leg to allow its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to cover the distance without refueling. Flight time on the return leg will be 15 hours and 50 minutes, compared with 14 hours and 55 minutes for the Taipei-New York leg.
Swiss draw hotel students
The number of Taiwanese students studying hotel management in Switzerland has steadily increased over the past year since the government started devoting more effort to promoting tourism, the Swiss representative office said. Travel restrictions between Taiwan and China have been relaxed, which has resulted in higher demand for international-standard hospitality management personnel in Taiwan, according to the Trade Office of Swiss Industries (TOSI) in Taipei. The TOSI’s data showed that 224 student visas were issued last year, of which 169, or about 75 percent, were for people wishing to study hospitality management, compared to an annual average of about 150 over the past decade. Switzerland, which is known for its hotel and hospitality management education, is home to several top-ranked schools in the sector, including Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and the Glion Institute of Higher Education.
Kinmen marathon today
Runners from 15 countries or regions around the world will take part in the fifth Kinmen Marathon today, with last year’s winner in the women’s race returning to defend her title. A total of 2,492 runners from the US, Canada, Russia, Portugal, Japan, China and many other countries have signed up for the race, organizers said. The winners in the men’s and women’s race will receive cash prizes of NT$200,000 (US$6,760) and NT$100,000, respectively. Another NT$100,000 is available for any runner who breaks the all-comers record set at the Taipei International Marathon (men: 2:10:24, women: 2:27:36). A total of 1,405 people have signed up for the half marathon and 430 runners will contest a 11.2km race. While the winners of the half marathon will also receive a cash prize, those who come first in the 11.2km event will be awarded a local specialty — Kinmen kaoliang liquor — the organizers 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,
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
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