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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

HOLIDAYS

Holidays set for 2018

Workers are to receive 115 days off work next year, with six extended public holidays, the longest being the six-day Lunar New Year holiday, the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration said yesterday. The six extended holidays are: Republic of China (ROC) Founding Day (three days), Lunar New Year (six), Children’s Day and Tomb Sweeping Day (five), Dragon Boat Festival (three) and Mid-Autumn Festival (three), while the ROC Founding Day in 2019 will be four days. Officials said that whenever a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, the agency will make arrangements to turn it into an extended holiday, with the previous Saturday used as an official work day. For example, Tomb Sweeping Day next year falls on a Thursday, so Friday, April 6, will be included in a five-day public holiday, with the previous Saturday, March 31, a work day.

AGRICULTURE

Losses top NT$90 million

As of 5pm yesterday, the nation posted NT$90.58 million (US$3.01 million) in agricultural losses over the past few days as a result of torrential rains brought by a slow-moving weather front, the Council of Agriculture said. Agricultural product losses amounted to NT$67.26 million, it added. Yunlin County was the hardest hit municipality, with agricultural losses of NT$25.91 million, or 29 percent of the total, followed by New Taipei City with NT$17.8 million, Koahsiung with NT$10.02 million and Nantou with NT$9.58 million, the council said. Across the nation, 3,472 hectares of crops were damaged; 1,480 hectares of which were rice fields that accounted for NT$14.01 million in losses, while watermelon, corn, peanut and tomato cultivation was also hard hit, the council said. Poultry and livestock losses amounted to NT$8.49 million, while fishery losses totaled NT$1.76 million, the council said, adding that other losses were estimated at NT$13.06 million and included flooding or erosion of farm lands and damage to farm equipment.

CRIME

Red light trips up suspect

A 63-year-old man wanted on fraud charges for 24 years was caught yesterday after running a red light in Kaohsiung’s Lingya District (苓雅), police said. The man, surnamed Chang (張), told police he missed the red light because he could not see the traffic lights clearly. Chang initially gave the police a fake ID number, but the officers became suspicious when the picture did not match the number. Asked again for his ID, Chang pretended to faint, but banged his head on the car floor and started bleeding. Police rushed him to a nearby hospital, where on further questioning he revealed his real identity. He had been wanted since 1993 on suspicion of forging securities, and the statute of limitations on the charges would have run out next year, police said.

CRIME

Drug suspect arrested

A Taiwanese man was arrested on Saturday in Manila on suspicion of drug trafficking, a spokesman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Sunday. PDEA agents and police posing as drug buyers arrested the man, 56, at a Manila hotel, an agency spokesman said. Agents found 50kg of crystals in a container used to store dried fish in his car. If the crystals are identified as amphetamines, their street value would be about 250 million Philippine pesos (US$5.17 million), the spokesman said. If tried and found guilty, the suspect could be sentenced to life in prison.

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