Marine caught with bullets
A serving member of the US Marine Corps was prevented from boarding a flight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday after 40 rounds of rifle ammunition were discovered in his backpack, airport police said. The in-transit passenger, aged 21, was traveling from Los Angles to Okinawa, Japan, where he is based, the police said. He was scheduled to depart Taiwan at 8:35am yesterday, but was intercepted by immigration officers at the airport’s Terminal 1 when something suspicious showed up in his backpack on the hand luggage scanner at a security checkpoint, the police said, adding that upon opening the bag, immigration officers found a box containing 40 rifle bullets. The US Marine told airport police that he had bought the bullets for target practice in the US, but forgot to remove them from his bag before boarding the flight in Los Angeles. Airport police said they have informed the American Institute in Taiwan of the incident and have handed over the man to the Taoyuan Criminal Investigation Corps for further investigation.
Workers wish for pay hike
The most common New Year’s wish among the nation’s work force is to get a pay raise, according to a survey released yesterday, which also showed that less than 30 percent of workers got a wage increase last year. Among the 1,308 members of the online job bank yes123 who were surveyed, 72.9 percent said their biggest wish was to receive a pay raise, while 56 percent said they wished more than anything to find a better job. The yes123 poll also found that employees wished for a good boss or supervisor (47.7 percent), good team morale (45.9 percent) and to get their work done on time (36.7 percent).
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