Suicide hits passerby
An elderly man on Wednesday committed suicide by jumping from a Taipei City Government building, striking a passerby as he hit the ground. Police said they were notified at about 10am and the man, in his 70s, was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. No suicide note was found. The man’s family in New Taipei City’s Zhonghe District (中和) was contacted. The luckless passerby was a driver for Metropolitan Transport Corp who was walking across the firm’s parking lot when he was struck. The driver, who was conscious after the impact, was hospitalized and his condition was said to be not life-threatening.
Taipei MRT disrupted
About 1,100 Taipei MRT passengers were evacuated on Wednesday morning after white smoke billowed through the cars on a Blue Line train, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said. The incident occurred at about 8am when the train was at Longshan Temple Station on its way to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station. TRTC said the passengers were evacuated according to standard operating procedures and put on the next train. TRTC was investigating the cause of the smoke.
Taiwanese held in Cambodia
Cambodia has detained seven Taiwanese suspected of running a telecoms scam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, adding that it is trying to bring them home and avoid their deportation to China. The seven were part of a group of 31 people detained on Monday, it said. “We are seeking for the Cambodia authorities to act in accordance with the ‘national jurisdiction principle’ and return our country’s nationals home to face judicial investigation,” a ministry spokeswoman said.
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
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
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,”