City buses get Wi-Fi
Commuters in New Taipei City can now enjoy free Wi-Fi on the city’s 2,500 buses, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said on Tuesday. The city leads other cities and counties in terms of offering free access to wireless networks, Chu said, citing Taipei’s MRT and the high-speed railway as examples of public transport that have yet to fully install Wi-Fi services. According to the New Taipei City Department of Transportation, people will be able to connect to the Internet without creating an account or providing a password. Free Wi-Fi is available on city buses bearing the “New Taipei Free Wi-Fi” logo, the department said.
Hurricane relief donations
American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Kin Moy (梅健華) posted on Facebook yesterday to thank Taiwanese for their generous donations to aid Hurricane Harvey victims. “I want to thank the people of Taiwan for their generous aid to the people of the United States to help them recover from Hurricane Harvey. Taiwan has a long record of helping friends in times of need, and this support will go a long way toward helping the victims of the storm,” he wrote. He finished his post with: “The people hit by Hurricane Harvey know that they are not alone as they begin the tough road of recovery.” Taiwan was in the forefront of donors and swiftly announced donations to the relief efforts totaling US$800,000. A ceremony for the donation handover was held on Tuesday at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington with Stanley Kao (高碩泰), representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, presenting a US$500,000 check. Kao said the remaining US$300,000 would be donated directly to Houston’s disaster relief efforts.
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
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
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
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness