Hunting for food is legal
Aborigines can legally hunt to provide food for themselves and their families, according to an interpretation of the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法) published by the government yesterday. As long as wild animals are not caught for the purpose of making a profit, it is not illegal for Aborigines to hunt them, the Council of Agriculture and the Council of Indigenous Peoples said in their interpretation of the law. Wild animals may be caught as food for hunters and their families or for sharing with others, in accordance with traditional Aboriginal culture, the two agencies said. The interpretation was issued to address a dispute over whether hunting for self-consumption was permitted under Article 21-1 of the act.
Woman has encephalitis
Doctors confirmed that a 45-year-old Ukrainian woman working in Tainan has contracted Japanese encephalitis, the second such case this year, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. The woman initially experienced a severe headache and fever before losing consciousness and was hospitalized on May 30, the agency said, adding that she was confirmed as having contracted Japanese encephalitis on Wednesday. The agency said health officials have determined that the woman had not received related vaccinations and had not traveled overseas recently, adding that they identified her daily routine as traveling from her residence to her place of work in Danei District (大內), with occasional shopping trips to Yujing District (玉井).
Dry weather forecast
The nation is to enjoy dry, cloudy and hot weather until Sunday, with afternoon showers in mountainous areas in the north, the Central Weather Bureau forecast yesterday. However, from Monday the weather is to become unstable, the bureau said, forecasting that the instability will become more apparent the following day due to the arrival of a weather front and southwesterly winds. On Tuesday, showers or thundershowers, with occasional heavy rain, are to begin to hit, the bureau said, adding that the stationary front — a typical plum rain feature — would affect the nation for about five days. Yesterday, peak temperatures nationwide dropped slightly to between 31°C and 34°C thanks to a weak frontal system passing over the seas north of Taiwan, the agency said.
President thanks Harris
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed gratitude to Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris for his long-standing and unwavering support of Taiwan in its efforts to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and other international organizations. In a meeting with a visiting Saint Kitts and Nevis delegation led by Harris, Tsai said that she hopes the nation will continue to support international participation that allows Taiwan to make greater contributions to the international community. Tsai said that Harris has visited Taiwan several times, including to attend her inauguration ceremony last year, and established good relations with officials. She thanked Harris for speaking in favor of Taiwan’s participation at the UN General Assembly in 2015 and last year, as well as Saint Kitts and Nevis’ support for Taiwan to attend this year’s WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, last month.
Food safety to be checked
Big food producers and registered importers of certain categories of food products are to soon be required to conduct regular food safety checks, according to a set of draft regulations published on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration. Businesses are to also have to draw up a food safety monitoring plan and implement it, or risk a fine of NT$30,000 to NT$3 million (US$996.5 to US$99,651), the draft regulations state. The draft regulations are to be open to public review until Aug. 7, after which they will be finalized and put into effect, the agency said. The new regulations would apply to more than 20,000 businesses, including companies or factories that import agricultural plants, frozen, chilled, dehydrated and pickled mushrooms and algae, vegetable protein and its products, and processed soybean products, the agency said. Registered importers of baby foods and processed meat, dairy and fish products, as well as registered food producing and processing factories with a contributed capital of NT$30 million or more are to also be on the list, it said.
Rummage sale at TAS
The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is to host its annual spring rummage sale — its 47th — tomorrow from 10am to 5pm. Club members have collected a wide variety of new and second-hand clothing, household items, shoes, toys, games, electronic items and appliances. 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. The school is at No. 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6 in Tianmu (天母).
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
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
A DEPRIVATION? The Taiwan Higher Education Union said the program, which drew much student criticism, undermined students' right to an education The Taiwan Higher Education Union on Monday accused Ming Chuan University (MCU) of sacrificing its students’ right to education by altering the English-language instruction for first-year students. The university, which has long emphasized the value that it places on English-language education, in the 2019-2020 academic year changed its English program for first-year students to a combination of self-learning through online videos and weekly lab sessions, during which students would take online tests, the union said. The change has deprived more than 3,000 students of in-person instruction and of interaction with their teachers, the union added. The online program drew much criticism from students
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