Mother resumes hunger strike
The mother of former air force staff sergeant Tsai Hsueh-liang (蔡學良), who died in 2008, was rushed to a hospital yesterday morning after she began a hunger strike on Sunday last week outside the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense. Yu Jui-ming (尤瑞敏) was sent to a hospital yesterday for a short treatment before she was back outside the ministry to continue her fast. Military investigators decided that Tsai had committed suicide by shooting himself with a T65 rifle during target practice, but his family says the fatal wounds were caused by a bullet from a pistol, not a rifle. Yu has said she will end her fast once the ministry conducts a ballistics test as part of her son’s case.
Golden Melody envoys named
The Golden Melody Awards have unveiled an ensemble of celebrity spokespeople with three of the biggest and most established pop singers in Taiwan: Jay Chou (周杰倫), Jody Chiang (江蕙) and Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), better known as A-mei (阿妹). The ambassadors for the June 28 event shot a promotional video directed by award-winning music video director Bill Chia, event host Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) said. Together, A-mei, Chou — dubbed the king of Mandarin pop — and Chiang, called the diva of Taiwanese-language music, have won a total of 29 Golden Melody awards and been nominated a total of 132 times. The 25th Golden Melody Awards ceremony is to be held at the Taipei Arena on June 28. TTV is to broadcast the red-carpet event and awards ceremony live from 5pm. This year’s ceremony is to be hosted by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu (庾澄慶). The nominees list scheduled to be released this month, but exact dates have yet to be announced.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
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,”
A DEPRIVATION? The Taiwan Higher Education Union said the program, which drew much student criticism, undermined students' right to an education The Taiwan Higher Education Union on Monday accused Ming Chuan University (MCU) of sacrificing its students’ right to education by altering the English-language instruction for first-year students. The university, which has long emphasized the value that it places on English-language education, in the 2019-2020 academic year changed its English program for first-year students to a combination of self-learning through online videos and weekly lab sessions, during which students would take online tests, the union said. The change has deprived more than 3,000 students of in-person instruction and of interaction with their teachers, the union added. The online program drew much criticism from students