Police stop Thai tourist
Police at the Taoyuan Taiwan International Airport yesterday caught a Thai tourist trying to transport six gas canisters with a total capacity of 2.46 liters. The Aviation Police Bureau said that the female tourist, who was scheduled to board a China Airlines flight from Taoyuan to Bangkok, was found to have six gas canisters in her checked luggage. She was instructed to ditch the forbidden items before being allowed to leave Taiwan. Police said that it is illegal to carry gas canisters on board flights because of safety regulations. The International Civil Aviation Organization classifies dangerous goods in nine categories, and gas items belong in category two.
Temperatures set to drop
Temperatures are expected to drop today because of the arrival of a cold air mass, with northern regions likely to experience a low of 13oC, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Central and southern regions could see temperatures drop to 15oC and 17oC respectively, the CWB added. While daytime highs are not expected to exceed 20oC in northern regions in the coming days, central and southern regions can expect maximum temperatures of between 24oC and 27oC, with conditions expected to bring cloudy skies and occasional sunny spells. The colder weather is not expected to ease up until Saturday, when highs are forecast to increase by 4oC nationwide, the CWB said. The weather is expected to be at its coldest later today and early tomorrow, the CWB said. Residents in central and southern regions should be wary of temperature fluctuations of up to a maximum of 10oC between highs and lows, the CWB added.
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
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by