Taipei bus fares to rise
The Taipei City Bus Transportation Office yesterday said it is to raise bus fares for adults by NT$1 to NT$16 from Jan. 1 next year at the earliest. Reduced fares for children, students, senior citizens, police and military personnel will remain the same, ranging between NT$8 and NT$12. The proposed hike still requires the approval of the Taipei City Council.
TAS to hold rummage sale
The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is to host its annual fall rummage sale from 10am to 5pm on Saturday. Club members have collected a wide variety of household items — new and used — including clothing, toys, games, electronic items and furniture, it said. The sale is to be held in the school’s forecourt and lobby come rain or shine. All of the proceeds go to the club’s funds for needy children and orphans in Taiwan and overseas, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania, it said. TAS is at No. 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6 in Tianmu (天母).
Pigeon gambling ring busted
Authorities yesterday said they would prosecute 129 people over illegal gambling on pigeon races as part of a broader investigation into the activity after animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed complaints. More than NT$66.6 million (US$2 million) was seized from the Taichung Fengyuan Pigeon Club, Taichung District prosecutors’ Office said. PETA submitted the results of its investigation to authorities last year, saying pigeon racing kills 1.5 million birds a year in Taiwan. The club had committed gambling offenses, but it did not find any cases of animal abuse.
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
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung