PM2.5 levels to rise
Yunlin County residents should prepare for poor air quality today and tomorrow, due to a lack of wind to disperse pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration said yesterday. The administration said air quality in southern cities and counties was in the “unhealthy” range, with the key indicator for PM2.5 — fine particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter — at level 8 on a 10-point scale. In other regions, PM2.5 measurements were at relatively safe levels from 3 to 6, the administration said. It said level-7 PM2.5 concentrations exceed 54 micrograms per cubic meter and are considered high, and that measurements above level 7 are deemed severe enough to cause health problems.
Woman arrested over murder
A Vietnamese woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her boyfriend and dismembering his body after a quarrel, police said. Nguyen Thi Soi, 33, was detained at her workplace in Kaohsiung as she was preparing to return to Vietnam on Friday, police said. She faces charges of killing Kieu Van Manh, 43, chopping up his body and disposing of the remains in a ditch. The two came to work in Taiwan separately earlier this year, police said, adding that Kieu was slain apparently for wanting to end their relationship. The case came to light on Nov. 18, when a dog was seen carrying a human skull in its mouth. The rest of Kieu’s remains were later found in a bag used for pig feed. Based on the lead, investigators located a pig farm in Kaohsiung’s Luzhu District (路竹), where Nguyen was employed as a caregiver. Police said that the victim met Nguyen at the farm on Oct. 15, shortly before he disappeared.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Traffic fatalities down
There were 1,380 traffic fatalities in the first 10 months of this year on the nation’s roads, a drop of 112 year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. In the 10-month period, Kaohsiung had the most A1 incidents — traffic accidents in which at least one life is lost within 24 hours. Kaohsiung recorded 149 deaths, followed by Tainan with 131 deaths and Changhua County with 108, according to the ministry. However, the figures showed a decrease of 45, 20 and 10 deaths in the three areas respectively from the same period of last year. Outlying Lienchiang County has the best traffic record in the nation, reporting zero traffic fatalities for six years in a row, the ministry said.
Man arrested over drugs
Police on Friday said they recently arrested a man for allegedly smuggling more than 1,000kg of chloroephedrine — a substance that can be used to produce amphetamines — from China into Taiwan. The 1,003kg of chloroephedrine, packaged in 106 bags, could be used to produce 700kg of amphetamines, worth about NT$200 million (US$6.09 million), the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. The bags were found following a tip-off, hidden among 700 packages of construction materials in a cargo container during an operation at Keelung Customs, police said. The operation came after months of intelligence-gathering. Following a later search operation, the police arrested a 22-year-old suspect surnamed Lin (林). Lin said he had come to take delivery of the “construction materials” for someone else, but he was unable to provide details of the origin of the NT$10 million used to pay for the importation of the construction material shipment.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
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