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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

PUBLIC HEALTH

Ducks at two farms culled

About 1,000 ducks at a farm in Tainan’s Siaying District (下營) and a farm in Chiayi County’s Puzih City (朴子) were culled yesterday after they were found to be infected with unspecified strains of H5 avian influenza. Mass duck deaths were reported at the two farms, with about 500 of 1,800 breeder ducks at the Tainan farm and about 1,000 of 1,200 broiler ducks at the Chiayi farm found dead within a period of a few days. Authorities said they took samples from facilities surrounding the affected farms and found no further signs of infection. Migratory birds were presumed to be the source of the infection, the authorities said, adding that the two cases were separate and that the public should not be alarmed.

TOURISM

Contest highlights islands

Four foreign countries are jointly promoting tours to some of their island territories through a video competition for Taiwanese travelers, the tourism bureaus of the countries said yesterday. The winner of the competition is to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Philippines’ Coron Island, the US-owned island of Tinian, Malaysia’s Tioman Island and Thailand’s Koh Chang, the bureaus said. Taiwanese are invited to submit a 30-second video introducing themselves and highlighting their travel experiences and dreams. The deadline for the opening round of the competition is Sept. 25, after which a committee comprised of representatives of the four countries are to select 12 semi-finalists and publish their videos online by Oct. 31. Five finalists are to then be selected by an online public vote and are to appear before the committee, which is to pick a winner on Nov. 9. The winner will be required to complete the tour before a specified date and to submit travel videos for publication by the four tourism bureaus. Further information is available at www.mymarianas.com.

CRIME

Man with cleavers arrested

A man who was seen standing in the middle of the street outside the Presidential Office Building was detained after he was found to be carrying two cleavers, the Taipei Police Department said yesterday. The police said the man, surnamed Yeh (葉), was standing in the middle of Ketagalan Boulevard when a policeman asked him what he was doing. The man, said to be in his late 40s, answered that he was in a bad mood, because he did not even have enough money to get a meal, according to the Zhongzheng First Precinct. When Yeh was taken to the police station for further questioning, police discovered he was carrying two cleavers. The police have asked Yeh’s family to go to the police station to help clarify the situation.

TRAVEL

Nepal travel alert lowered

Taiwan yesterday lowered its travel alert for Nepal from red to orange, the second-highest in its four-color alert system, as recovery continues in the Himalayan country following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated large swathes of the country in April. Although Nepal has begun reconstruction efforts, important infrastructure such as transportation, potable water, medical institutions and telecommunications networks have not been restored, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said of the slow reconstruction progress in the country, which is still experiencing aftershocks. The ministry urged Taiwanese to avoid unnecessary visits to Nepal in the short term.

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