Hotels offer ‘green’ discount
Travelers staying at one of 79 hotels across the nation for more than one night will be eligible for a NT$100 discount on their bill if they do not ask for a change of bedsheets and towels, as part of a program by the Tourism Bureau to promote water conservation amid the worst drought to hit the nation in nearly a decade. From Saturday until March 31, travelers who stay at listed hotels can reap the rewards of saving water while also saving cash, the bureau said yesterday. The offer only applies to individuals and not group tours, the bureau said, adding that it has cooperated with hotels because the sector is a big consumer of water. So far, 65 hotels have joined the program, with more expected as it goes on, the bureau added. A complete list of participating hotels is available in Chinese at taiwanstay.net.tw.
Vietnamese workers arrested
Five Vietnamese were arrested on Tuesday in Hsinchu in connection with the killing of a fellow countryman, police said. The deceased, surnamed Nguyen, and a dozen other Vietnamese workers were invited to celebrate the birthday of a female coworker at a small restaurant in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止) on Dec. 6, police said. One of the men allegedly became jealous after seeing the birthday girl interacting closely with Nguyen and started a fight, police said. The man who allegedly initiated the fight and several friends waited outside the restaurant, where they reportedly attacked Nguyen and his friends with clubs and fruit knives, police said, adding that Nguyen suffered five stab wounds to his back. Police tracked the five suspects to an apartment in Hsinchu on Tuesday and sent them to the Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office for investigation.
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,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
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