No radioactivity found: AEC
The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) yesterday said that it had found no traces of radioactive material following North Korea’s nuclear bomb test. The AEC in a statement said it had stepped up its monitoring since North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb on Sunday last week, but had detected no unusual levels of radionuclides. The statement came one day after it was reported that South Korea had found traces of radiation. South Korean officials said the levels of radionuclides were low and posed no threat to public safety. The AEC said that low levels of radionuclides are not harmful to human health, but added that it would continue to monitor radiation levels. Radionuclides are unstable atoms with excessive nuclear energy which are produced as a result of nuclear explosions, the AEC said.
Storm forms near Guam
A tropical depression near Guam could develop into this year’s 18th tropical storm and might affect the nation next week, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As a Pacific high-pressure system remains strong and a front approaches from the north, the storm could begin to affect the nation from Wednesday, bureau forecaster Wu Yi-fan (吳依帆) said, adding that the depression would gain strength as it approaches. Daniel Wu (吳德榮), an independent meteorologist and adjunct professor at National Central University, said it would take at least two days for the depression to develop into a tropical storm. Citing forecasts by US and European authorities, he said that the storm could veer north and approach southern Taiwan on Thursday, and might pose a serious threat in the following two or three days.
Taipei to host congress
More than 1,000 hospital managers, medical professionals and other healthcare industry representatives from 20 nations are to attend the World Hospital Congress in Taipei in November to share their knowledge and experience regarding hospital management. Taiwan Hospital Association consultant Kao Hsiao-lin (高小玲) on Friday said that this is to be the first time that the World Hospital Congress, the International Hospital Federation’s (IHF) cornerstone event, is hosted in Taiwan. This is of special significance, as the IHF works closely with the WHO, which the nation is keen to take part in, Kao said. As “the nation with the best healthcare system in the world,” Taiwan is willing and eager to share its techniques and technology with the global community, she told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.
Peter Kenrick, an Australian physician who has practiced in Taitung County for 32 years, on Thursday became a Republic of China citizen. The 60-year-old first arrived in 1985 to provide backup in the emergency room at Taitung St Mary’s Hospital, where there was a staff shortage. He decided to stay after two months, and worked at the hospital for 17 years until he transferred to Taitung Christian Hospital in 2002. Kenrick has traveled by bicycle to nearly every corner of the county to treat patients and volunteers overseas for two months every year with the International Red Cross. His devotion won him the Medical Dedication Award in 2001. He applied for citizenship in May, several months after the Nationality Act (國籍法) was amended to allow foreign nationals who have made special contributions to Taiwan to become a citizen without having to renounce their original citizenship.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
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,