Kinmen to vote on casinos
A referendum is to be held in Kinmen County on Oct. 28 to allow residents to decide whether to allow casinos to open there, the Kinmen Election Commission said. The referendum was initiated by Tsai Chun-sheng (蔡春生), a member of the Kinmen County Council. Tsai has collected 5,602 valid signatures to back his initiative, surpassing the threshold of 5,178, or 5 percent of the total number of eligible voters, the commission said. The commission is to make a formal announcement tomorrow on the planned referendum. Gambling is not allowed on Taiwan proper, but the legislature passed an amendment to the Offshore Islands Development Act (離島建設條例) in January 2009 allowing outlying islands to establish tourist casinos if residents agree via a referendum.
Victim numbers fall
The number of people affected in criminal cases from January to last month was down slightly from the same period a year earlier, with the 18-23 age group the most likely to be victims, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. Police handled 75,513 criminal cases in the first five months, down 2.6 percent year-on-year, or 320.7 per 100,000 people affected, down 9.4 people from a year earlier, the data showed. Major crimes accounted for 57.4 percent of the people affected, or 43,330 people, including burglary, robbery, fraud, assault, violent crimes or extortion, statistics showed. Of those crimes, there were 22,342 burglary and robbery victims, 14,247 fraud victims, 5,633 assault victims, 634 victims of violent crimes and 474 victims of extortion. There were 1,175 people affected in drunk driving incidents during the first five months, down 20.7 percent year-on-year.
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,
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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