Airlines to add new routes
Low-cost carriers Thai Vietjet Air and Thai Lion Air are to start operating in Taiwan from July and August, respectively, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday. Thai Vietjet is to provide 20 charter flights between Bangkok and Taichung, and 20 between Bangkok and Hualien between July 4 and the end of September, the agency said. Lion Air is to operate scheduled flights from Aug. 1, offering daily service between Taoyuan and Bangkok. Flights between Taiwan and Thailand have seen a surge thanks to the government’s “new southbound policy,” which has since August last year enabled Thai visitors to enter Taiwan without visas. The number of Thai visitors to Taiwan last year numbered 195,640, year-on-year growth of about 60 percent, according to the Tourism Bureau.
S Korean star Jo visits
South Korean actor Jo Jung-seok, who starred in the hit Korean television drama Jealousy Incarnate last year, arrived in Taiwan yesterday and is scheduled to meet with fans today. His fourth visit to Taiwan, the 36-year-old actor is to meet with fans at National Taiwan University’s Sports Center in Taipei. The event would be his first overseas fan meeting. Jo made his acting debut in the musical The Nutcracker in 2004, and his breakout role came in 2012, when he played a supporting role in the hit Korean film Architecture 101. He is best known for his role as a chef in the drama Oh My Ghostess in 2015 and as a television reporter and news anchor in Jealousy Incarnate last year, which was a hit in South Korea and across Asia. In 2013 and 2014, he was appointed “tourism ambassador” by the Tourism Bureau.
Heat illnesses on the rise
Higher temperatures have led to a spike in the number of people seeking emergency treatment for heat-related illnesses, the Health Promotion Administration said. From Tuesday to Thursday, 69 people visited emergency rooms for heat-related issues, raising this month’s total to 83, the agency said. Anyone can develop illnesses from heat, it said, but the most vulnerable groups are babies, children, senior citizens, people with chronic diseases, people on medicine, outdoor workers, those working in closed spaces and people who are overweight. All people, but especially those in the vulnerable groups, should avoid high temperatures to prevent ailments such as heat stroke, heat spasms and heat failure, the agency said. It also urged people to drink at least 2 liters of water a day, even if they are not thirsty.
Men detained for duck theft
Three men in Yunlin County have been detained by police as part of an investigation into allegations that they stole about 200 ducks. The animals had escaped from a pen in Dounan Township (斗南) after a fence collapsed during a torrential downpour and flooding that started on Friday last week, police said on Thursday. After the floodwater receded, the duck farmer visited the pen and found three men rounding up the ducks, police said, adding that he told them to stop, but they ignored him. The farmer immediately reported the men to the police for theft of property, they said. County police headed to the site where they seized about 200 stolen ducks and the truck in which the three men allegedly planned to transport them, they said, adding that the men were arrested, brought to the police station and charged with theft.
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
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