Flotilla finishes visit
The navy ended a three-day public relations port call in the Dominican Republic yesterday. Personnel from the three-vessel Friendship Flotilla met with local military officials and political leaders, the Republic of China embassy said. A navy honor guard arrived at the port of Santo Domingo on Sunday and was greeted upon arrival by Ambassador Thomas Hou (侯平福), along with Dominican military and political figures, and Taiwanese expatriates, the embassy said. The flotilla’s visit was part of a worldwide tour to enhance diplomatic ties with the nation’s allies. The last time the navy visited the Dominican Republic was in 2008. The honor guard performed drills in the plaza of Santo Domingo’s National Theater on Sunday, followed by performances by a naval marching band and taekwondo team. The flotilla consists of the Lafayette-class frigate Wu Chang, the Cheng Kung-class frigate Cheng Kung and the fleet oiler Wu Yi.
Tourist’s body found
Police said yesterday that they had found the body of a Chinese tourist who went missing while visiting Yangmingshan National Park in suburban Taipei. The body of the man, believed to be about 70, was found in a valley in the 11,455-hectare park at about 10am. The cause of death has not been released pending the results of an autopsy. Police began a search a few days ago after being notified by a travel agency that the man had gone missing in the park. Meanwhile, officials said that speeding might have been the cause of a bus accident on Alishan Highway on Monday that slightly injured 20 Chinese tourists from Shanghai. An initial investigation found the tour bus driver failed to slow down on a downhill section of the road.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
SOUTH WINDS: Taiwan’s southeastern region, as well as central and southern regions, would see regional showers and thundershowers, the Central Weather Bureau said Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the afternoon in the next two days might cause damage in affected areas, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday, urging people to stay vigilant. With the weakening of a Pacific high-pressure system and with a frontal system in the north moving south, the nation would come under the influence of southwest and south winds today, the bureau said. People in the nation’s southeastern region, as well as in central and southern Taiwan, are likely to experience regional showers or thundershowers, it said. Chances of afternoon thundershowers are high nationwide, and people in some regions